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20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic

20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic


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Food-loving globetrotters, here’s a bit of sound advice: If you’re headed to Vietnam’s northern city of Hanoi, we’d recommend you pack a pair of elastic-banded pants. The city is a wonderland of cheap eats and drinks, offering an endless variety of soups, noodles, buns, rolls and sandwiches paired with plenty of fresh herbs — and fresh beer, too.

Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi

Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi


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An unadventurous eater dives into Hanoi's sidewalk street food scene on a guided food tour.

Fun Things to do in Prague

by Jen @ Venturists

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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As a city that’s rich in history, food, and architecture, Prague attracts over 6.4 million people every year. From museums to historical attractions to churches and theaters, there’s a seemingly never-ending number of things to see […]

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17 surprising ways traveling Southeast Asia like an insider can change you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

It’s a simple fact that travel is transformative. If you travel Southeast Asia with an open mind, there’s no doubt your journeys will affect you. If you grew up in a Western country, you feel the effects even more. The contrast to what you’re used to back home can come as a shock, but, as

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The 12 best hikes in Southeast Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Southeast Asia may not be famous for its hikes, but the region has its fair share of spectacular trails. It’s not that it’s difficult finding good hikes in Southeast Asia, it’s more if they’re worth exploring, given the proximity of Nepal, China and Japan. As adventure travel and hiking specialists in Asia, we say yes,

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Sherloft: An Instagrammable Hostel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

When looking for accommodations, the most important things for us are value, cleanliness, and location. When we find a place like Sherloft that's stylish on top of all that, it's a major plus. Highly recommended in Chiang Mai.

Finding the World’s Best Street Food

by Sean @ Venturists

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It doesn’t take long reading this blog to realize that we love discovering and sampling new street foods. Whether it’s stumbling across a vendor serving up sizzling snacks in a local market, or taking guided tour with a local who knows the best hidden spots, we’re up for it. Over the course of our travels, […]

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Do You Need Travel Insurance or International Health Insurance?

by Jen @ Venturists

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When we tell people that we are full-time travelers, inevitably someone asks us about health care or travel insurance. It’s an important question. We, like everyone, get sick and injured at times. We worry about getting the proper care if something does happen. And, over the years, we’ve definitely had damage and losses to equipment […]

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33 fun and interesting facts about Thailand that will surprise and delight you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

There’s no denying the myriad attractions of Thailand. Beaches, jungles, cities, spices – this kingdom of intrigue offers endless explorations into culture, nature and history. To help you get to know Thailand a little better, we’ve drawn upon our extensive knowledge of the country to share some of our favorite things about it. You’ll notice

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Hidden things to do in Singapore for the true traveler

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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When you think of Singapore, a few things might come to mind. Some are towering cities flooded with international business people; others is sprawling resort complexes that essentially act as entertainment centers. These are certainly among the prevailing images of this metropole at the southern edge of Malaysia, and they maybe give a feeling that […]

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Ultimate Asia guide for women traveling alone

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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Did you know that we, women, are making up nearly two-thirds of travelers today? If you also do a quick Google search on ‘solo female travel’ you can see that in the past 5 years, the interest in this topic has more than tripled. Even when we’re traveling with a male partner it is 85% […]

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Feeling thirsty in Hungary? Check out our favorite places to drink including hip Budapest ruin bars plus cool spots for beer, cocktails and wine. Finding a bar in Budapest is like finding hay in a haystack. The Hungarian capital has a lot of drinking establishments, many filled with young professionals and visiting tourists. Though infamous for its funky ruin bars, the river split city also has traditional pubs, classy wine lounges and even spa bars. Yes, you can imbibe at Budapest bars while getting your soak on. We visited our first (but ...

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Hanoi Nightlife Old Quarter| Hanoi Night Life Tips| Best Night Clubs

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

NIGHTLIFE IN HANOI OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS Beside being one of the most ancient capitals in the world, when it comes to nightlife, Hanoi certainly has a reputation. Hanoi Nightlife is definitely is the most boisterous, especially in the Old Quarter. When the sun goes down, there’s always something to do whether it is joining some street activities or partying in the best night clubs in Hanoi,… In this article, as the locals, we will provide you some Hanoi Night life tips you must know to make your trip in Hanoi fulfilled and perfect. The activities will be […]

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There’s A Luxe AF Doggy High Tea & Where Do We Sign Up?

There’s A Luxe AF Doggy High Tea & Where Do We Sign Up?

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’ve pledged to live your best life vicariously through your furry companion, then this article is for you. Ohhh yes, doggy high tea is a glorious thing that every pooch deserves and let’s face it, you’ll get a kick out of seeing your pup live their absolute best life. Cue your dog’s Instagram account building more of a following than you ever could and having puppuccinos every morning because why not?

Thanks to the legends at The Egerton House Hotel in London who’ve thought up this epic Doggy Afternoon Tea which includes endless (near enough) pooch-pleasing treats. We’re talking about chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits, dog ice-cream (!!) and a super, duper special chew toy to take home. Because they’re worth it, okay.

And don’t worry, there are feeds to fill your belly too with finger sandwiches, pastries, freshly baked scones with thick cream and fruit preserves. But we all know you’ll be too busy racking up ’happy snaps’ of Pickles livin’ it up in full glam to even care.

The Details

What: Doggy Afternoon Tea Where: Drawing Room, The Egerton House Hotel, London Cost: Around $30 per dog 

Prefer to take your pooch camping? Here are the best spots in NSW.

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Baked Apples with Rolled Oats and Dried Fruit Topping

by Jen @ Venturists

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There are several things that I love about this easy baked apple recipe. First, it’s so simple to make – so much so that it’s a fun recipe to make with kids! And it reminds me of fun fall days, picking apples with my family with leaves turning yellow, brown and red on the trees […]

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Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand: On Temples, a Golden Clock Tower, and Dancing Shrimp at the Night Bazaar

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Major attractions like Wat Rong Khun and Baan Dam Museum are located outside of the city, but there are a few lesser known temples you can visit within the city's limits. They aren't as spectacular as the White Temple but they do make for a pleasant few hours of temple hopping without the distraction of crowds.

Figs, Cacao Nibs, Super Pigs: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We’re psyched about the Winter Olympics this week, so we rounded up some great Korean dishes to enjoy during the opening ceremony. We also showed San Francisco some love with news about chef Dominique Crenn’s upcoming dinner series and Dandelion Chocolate’s guide to using cacao nibs at home. Down South, one of our editors learned to […]

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Blood Tests, Birth Control, and Motorbike Accidents: My Experience with Healthcare Abroad

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

I’ve learned a lot over these past 20 months of travel (man, has it been that long?) and one of those things is that getting medical care abroad is totally not a big deal. Turns out, it’s actually way easier than getting it at home! This post is a bit of an informative letter to my past self… and anyone else thinking about leaving the U.S. for an extended period of time. It’s also for anyone curious about how healthcare abroad has been working out for me. Worries About Healthcare and Long-Term Travel I’d like to write the post I wish I’d read before leaving home. A post to let anyone (especially folks from the States) know what it’s like to be on the road and need healthcare or prescription meds, and how I handled it. The good news is that so far, it’s been way better – as in, more efficient and cheaper – than being at home. For me, at least. After I quit my job to travel, I was left health insurance-less. Like pretty much instantly. (Well, I opted for one month of COBRA so that I didn’t have to pay the penalty for being uninsured, and uh, it was […]

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KOTO, a culinary journey through Vietnam – 800,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

Authoured by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl was released by Hardie Grant Australia, in 2008 and has since sold over 9000 copies. This book will take you on a dish-by-dish journey through the regions of Vietnam: from the Northern Highlands to the Mekong Delta, from the busy streets in Hanoi to the quiet life in the French hill station, Dalat; from the Chinese-inspired cuisine of the north to the royal cuisine of the centre and the tropical fare of the south. Stunningly photographed by Michael Fountoulakis, this book will inspire the gourmet traveller in us all. Royalties donated to the KOTO, training project.

Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

You’re looking at the draft of my sixth cookbook! This week, I sent the manuscript to my editor, Kelly Snowden. Vietnamese Any Day is all about helping American cooks work Viet flavors into their regular rotation. Many people who are new to Vietnamese food do not know where to begin. They’ve been seduced by the...

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Bill Murray Just Announced He’s Touring Australia This Year

Bill Murray Just Announced He’s Touring Australia This Year

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Pinch us, because we might be dreaming. Bill Freaking Murray, AKA the greatest legend ever to grace God’s green earth, has just announced he’ll be touring Australia this November.

Yep, really.

The tour sounds pretty interesting actually. In classic Murray style he’s opted for something a bit stranger than a simple ‘Night With Bill Murray’ Q&A sesh. He’ll be touring with German-born classical cellist Jan Vogler, mixing Vogler’s classical music with readings from literary greats like Ernest Hemingway and Walt Whitman to create some sort of Murray-esque meta-performance.

There’ll be a small classical ensemble on stage, including Vogler’s wife, the famous violinist Mira Wang, plus pianist Vanessa Perez. The whole thing is being spruiked as a ‘spirited night of music and literature’. We might just die.

Want to get your greedy mitts on tickets? You and every other sentient being in Australia. There’s a pre-sale this Wednesday which kicks off at 9am SHARP. Tix will go on sale to the general public on Monday 19 February at 9am.

This probably goes without saying, but don’t play coy. These will sell out faster than your browser can refresh.

The Details

What: New Worlds, featuring Bill Murray & Jan Vogler When: Perth, November 7. Sydney, November 9 & 10. Wellington, November 14. Brisbane, November 16. Melbourne, November 17. To register for pre-sale tickets, head here. Cost: $99.90 - $249.90, depending on how close you get to Murray’s earthly essence.

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Some Common Causes for Which the US Passport Application Might Get Rejected

by Sam Cohen @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

  By Sam Cohen Had you applied for the US passport? Did you just get news that the passport application has been denied and rejected? Well, it is needless to say that the feeling at that moment is quite excruciating. It is true that getting a new US passport is not that difficult a job. The Department of State has …

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Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

by Jen @ Venturists

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  The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. […]

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Fall in Love with the Best Authentic Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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51 Unique + Fun Things to do in Chile | Chile

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

If you’re traveling down the Gringo Trail, Chile might feel unexpectedly familiar. There are no ramshackle busses or alpacas wandering the streets. Instead, there are arbitrary laws, expensive cups of coffee, and high speed internet connections. In some weird way, you might miss the chaos. I wondered whether I was making a mistake by blowing the rest of my travel budget on a place that looked so much like home (and cost as much, too). But there’s something special about Chile. After I really got to know it, Chile became one of my favorite countries. Perhaps it was because I finally started to speak Spanish or was traveling on my own for the first time in years, or perhaps it’s just because Chile is diverse,  dynamic, and completely fascinating. Want to experience Chile beneath the surface? I bet you’ll dig it too. From geodesic domes where you can spend the night to the otherworldly nature of Patagonia, here’s are some of the weird, wild, and totally fun things to do in Chile. Very Chilean Experiences 1. Start up north for the gentle surf & sun in Arica (Arica y Parinacota) 2. Head into Valle de Elqui for a pisco tasting tour by bicycle (Coquimbo) […]

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Vietnam eats, Part 1: 10 dishes to try in Hanoi

Vietnam eats, Part 1: 10 dishes to try in Hanoi


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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, huh. Which is really weird considering that our travels are so food-centric. Looking back through my archives, I’ve only writte…

Georgian Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

by Jen @ Venturists

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Dishes from the country of Georgia, which is situated above Turkey between Europe and Asia, tend to be on the heavy side. Fans of comfort food will find plenty to enjoy during a visit to this beautiful Caucasus region of Eurasia. Georgian tables are often filled with dishes meant to share, such as freshly baked […]

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Be The Best Valentine And Make Your Own Chocolates

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Strap on your heart-shaped apron, it’s time to get romantic. And what could be more romantic than making sweets for your sweet with your own two hands? Our friends at ChefSteps wrote in this week with tips to tempering chocolate to ensure ultra smooth silkiness. This recipe is a little more involved than the usual sous vide […]

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must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures

must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures


Travel Outlandish

Exploring the Vietnamese night market + must eat Vietnamese street food + the Urban Adventures street food tour you won't want to miss!

Cooking Across Borders in Berlin

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

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“Add a little sugar to the saffron,” Farzane said as she worked the combination in her mortar and pestle. “It makes it easier to grind.” Farzane, a 20-year old refugee from Afghanistan who’d come to Berlin with her family in the last year, was deep in the process of teaching us how to prepare several […]

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Myanmar Travel – An Overview Itinerary

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Initially, I was reluctant as I’m used to managing my own itinerary. Also, I would be traveling without Lora. With her encouragement and my curiosity for a country which I know nothing about, even-though Myanmar is located next door to the country of my birth Thailand, I decided to embark on this adventure to learn about the foods, culture, people …

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Mini Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

by Jen @ Venturists

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A Spanish Tortilla is a deceptively simple dish. This potato, onion and egg dish has just a few very familiar ingredients. One taste will tell you all you need to know about why you will find this dish in most restaurant menus when traveling throughout Spain. The technique for cooking the potatoes and onions together […]

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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Chicken Enchilada is one of my favorite soup recipes for a few reasons. A nice basic vegetable and chicken soup is nice, but add to that a little bit of spice, a thicker consistency with the addition of corn flour, and a good dose of cheese. The soup just gets better by piling on the […]

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Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


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How to safely and adventurously eat your way through Hanoi, Vietnam. A handy guide and video explains authentic street food, restaurants and local specialties.

Discovering Orange Wine at Gravner Winery

by Jen @ Venturists

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Today I drank wine – not unusual for me, but there were many things about today that were. Unusual, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unforgettable are all words that come to mind. As I look back through the events of the day, I can feel myself begin to smile. At the start of the day, as […]

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Street Food Tours

by stickyrice @ Street Food Tours

NEWS Don't forget to follow us on twitter at @streeteatshanoi and check out our Hanoi Street Food Tours blog - scroll down for the latest news there. The food available in Hanoi's narrow alleys and tree-lined boulevards is just as much a part of the city as its lakes and...

5.5 foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills

5.5 foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills


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Summon the culinary adventurist in you and try these foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills.

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi


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Many of the popular Vietnamese dishes are from Hanoi. Here is the top 10 local Vietnamese food you must eat in Hanoi including Pho, Bun Cha, and more!

Cooking Classes and Food Tours Around The World

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our review of food tour and cooking classes around the world. We do one (or even better, both) in most places that we travel. Why? Because people who are passionate about their cuisine will also be able to point out the best places to eat when visiting the place that they love. This is the […]

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Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats


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This street food tour of Hanoi took us took us all the way from tame to adventurous sampling of the flavors that have made Vietnam a foodie destination.

Khinkali – Georgian Beef and Pork Soup Dumplings

by Jen @ Venturists

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Khinkali (also known as Chinkali or Xinkali) are stuffed pasta dumplings that are a favorite dish from the Country of Georgia. They are similar to Chinese Soup Dumplings, (Xiao Long Bao), but are much larger than their bite-sized cousins. These hearty little bags of goodness are typically served up on large platters and shared with […]

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Xoi Xeo

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

Xoi Xeo A popular lunchtime at “Xeo Xen”. I think best served with chicken (I order with no skin) and with pate. (I always cancel the crispy onions on top – but maybe you’ll like that). Located on the corner of Nguyen Huu Huan and Hang Bac streets at the edge of Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter. [...]

Bali off the beaten track: itinerary for the true wanderer

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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Bali just made it to the number one global travel destination in 2017  in TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards ahead of London, Paris and Rome. What makes Bali truly unique and popular among travelers is that it combines all things many travelers are looking for. It has a tropical climate, delicious food, a vibrant culture, stunning […]

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The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Seattle is known around the world for its coffee culture, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But what about Seattle restaurants? We’ve asked a local expert to share her picks for the best places to eat in Seattle Washington. Read on to find out how to eat like a local in this wonderful Pacific Northwestern city. Seattle is famous for its cutting-edge coffee culture. But coffee is just one aspect of Seattle’s culinary landscape. Locals dine at the best restaurants in Seattle, shop at Pike Place Market for some of the ...

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The Best Tofu Dishes In Sydney

The Best Tofu Dishes In Sydney

by Sarah Hilton @ The A List | The Urban List

Everyone’s favourite little soy bundles of joy are just so good that Sydney is legit obsessed. Our fair city has gone and invent just about a tofu everything, and we mean everythingggg. From burgers to nuggets, and soups to salads, we just can’t seem to get enough of the fluffy stuff.

We’ve rounded up the best of Sydney’s tofu scene, so you can eat your way through it with stretchy pants at the ready. We present to you, the best tofu dishes in Sydney.

Agedashi Tofu

Sake, multiple locations

What’s wrong with sticking with the ol’classics? TBH, they’re a classic for a reason, so we suggest Sake’s epic agedashi tofu with shimeji mushroom, ginger and daikon sprouts makes it to the top of your new tofu list. In true Sake style, the quality and flavour is top notch, meaning you might not want to share.

Satay Tofu Burger

Soul Burger, Glebe

So, remember when we proved vegetarian food doesn’t have to suck? And by that we mean there’s some legit delish plant-based burgers out there—oh hey, Soul Burger. With a satay tofu burger finished with aioli, shredded carrot, veggie slaw, smashed avocado and tomato relish, it will make you re-think whether we even need meat anymore.

Sundubu

Paper Bird, Potts Point

Our old favourites at Moon Park opened up last their newest addition, Paper Bird, and you’ll want to wrap your laughing gear around this special tofu dish. They call it Sundubu, and it’s the goods wtih fresh tofu, spicy mussel broth and enoki (picture the long skinny mushrooms that taste oh-so-good). It may be a bit spicy but it’s definitely worth sweating over #sorrynotsorry.

Mapo Tofu

Mr. Wong, Bridge Lane

Picture all the trendy vibes synonymous with Mr. Wong and a tofu dish of epic proportions—now that we have your attention. ICYMI, Mr. Wong can do no wrong and their mapo is stuffed with stir fried pork mince, chilli and Sichuan pepper, then served on freshly steamed soy milk custard #yass.

Age Tofu

Yume Sushi, Drummoyne

How do noodles, tofu and some delicious broth sound? Thought so. You need look no further than Yume Sushi’s Age Tofu dish. Yume brings a Japanese soy base soup with thick wheat noodles and perfectly deep fried soft tofu that practically melts in your mouth like a damn yummy chunk of deep fried tofu should.

Rainbow Roll

Sunset Sabi, Manly

Like your mumma, this dish from Sunset Sabi is beautiful inside and out #naw. The inside is stuffed with tofu, truffle slaw, avocado, carrot and potato crunchies to give you a stupendously special sushi taste. On the outside, you can count on more flavour with pickled daikon, we know, it’s almost too much.

Jazy-Z

KingFish Poke, Bondi

If you got 99 problems and some of them include the struggle to find a good tofu dish in Sydney, then boy have we got a goodie. With their hip-hop themed menu, KingFish in Bondi shows that tofu can be cool AND tasty. Their Jay-Z poke bowl includes tamari tofu, cabbage, beetroot, mixed sprouts, green onion, pickled carrot, chilli puffed rice and black vinegar tamari dressing. If you didn’t think it could get any better, did we mention it’s dairy and gluten free? Well BAM here you go.

Tofu Nuggets

Butter, multiple locations

Praise be to the crispy deep-fried gods because our prayers have been answered—in butter form. Our new best friends at Butter have heard the call for vegetarian food that caters to all of our best (and worst) cravings, to bring fried tofu nuggets into all of our lives. Whether you’re soothing a broken heart, cheating your fitness regime or simply enjoying fried indulgence with the gals, this dish is delish.

The ASAP and RZA Burger

4 Ounces, Alexandria

The RnB themed foodie legends at 4 Ounces can make a mean burger—tofu style of course. These guys are so good they have two great burger options on offer. Try the ASAP with deep fried smoked tofu, deep fried truffle mac and cheese, Westmont pickles, American cheese, liquid cheese (yep double the cheese = double the tasty), wild mushroom duxelle, house sauce and a milk bun. Woah, that’s a big ol’burger. They’re also known for the RZA, a wonderfully vegan creation with southern fried smoked tofu, Westmont pickles, chilli and golden turmeric kraut, smoke sesame, cheese, vegan house sauce and a vegan bun. The RnB queen Bad Gal RiRi would definitely approve this one.

Tofu + Wok Veggies

Daniel San, Manly

FYI Daniel San in Manly serves up loaaads of tofu dishes, but one of the best has to be their tofu + wok veggies dish with seasonal vegetables and tofu that’s lathered in teriyaki sauce. Don’t worry, it’s GF, DF and vegetarian so you won’t need to worry later on when you’re tearing up the d-floor post those dinner cocktails—no judgment we do this every other Sunday too.

Chilled Silken Tofu

Tobikiri, Neutral Bay

Tucked away in an unconventional spot in Neutral Bay, this place is worth scouting out. With warm and homey vibes, Tobikiri provides all the goods Japanese cuisine has to offer. Oh, and the tofu? Try their chilled silken tofu with tempura scraps—it’s much better than it sounds. This dish is both soft and crunchy with fancy garnishes and all the yumminess.

Spicy Tofu and Eggplant Donburi

Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland

Shire locals fear not, we have your tofu needs covered too. Kuroneko Ramen Noddle Bar specialises in ramen but their other eats are more than satisfactory. Try their tofu donburi with eggplant cooked with spicy minced pork served on steamed rice and yummy sauce. Ramen has met its match.

Salt n Pepper Tofu

Queen Chow, Enmore

Queen Chow keeps it simple with their salt n pepper tofu that embodies what you see is what you get—and trust us this dish looks oh-so-good. Set in a restaurant focusing on Cantonese classics you can be sure that the quality is high and the tastes are legit, as you meet the culture of cool right on the doorstep of Sydney’s inner west.

Raw Rad Thai

Verd, Barangaroo

Our lovely friends at Verd always know how to provide tofu-tastic goodies. Try their raw rad thai with greens, tofu, shredded vegetables, sprouts, peanuts, coriander and mint with a zesty coconut satay dressing. BTW this is deliciousness minus the guilt—are we in heaven?

Energy Bliss Salad

Greenhouse Asian Salads, Lane Cove

Let the superfoods continue with this epic salad packed with tofu, crispy egg noodle, pomegranate, pineapple, melon, green papaya, cherry tomato, cucumber, red onion, white sesame and creamy coconut dressing. If clean eating is not exactly your thing, this salad tastes so good you’ll forget you’re eating greens at all.

Fancy a wine? These are Sydney's Best Wine Bars.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is an absolute “must visit” place in Croatia. That is, if enjoying a day discovering one beautiful waterfall after another all nestled into a forest surrounding a crystal blue lake sounds like your kind of day. It certainly is for me. It was a day I won’t forget and would gladly […]

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27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and in our opinion it’s one of the region’s most exciting capitals. It’s a bustling, vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis where countless adventures await. There’s so much to experience in Bangkok it can be hard to know where to start. There are temples to visit, markets to shop,

Read 27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go on Backyard Travel.

Hanoi Street Food Tour,Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Hanoi Street Food Tour,Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi


Hanoi Street Food Tour,Best Hanoi Street Food Tour in Hanoi

You have just visited Hanoi and would like to try HANOI STREET FOOD with mouth – watering dishes. Let’s explore HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR with us

Croatian Bean and Sausage Soup (Grah)

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We came across this thick smokey bean soup when traveling through Croatia. Grah translates literally to “bean” which is the principle ingredient. The soup (or stew) gets its rich flavor from smoked meat and paprika. and has is a thick consistency (like a chili). It can be made in about 45 minutes if you save a little […]

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Green and Red Chicken Enchiladas

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One of my favorite things about eating at restaurants while traveling trough Mexico is being offered several types of salsas. After being seated a variety of salsas are often placed on the table, and they can widely depending on the region. Each sauce has a different level of heat and complexity that can completely change the […]

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Chilaquiles with Black Beans and Eggs

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I first heard about Mexican Chilaquiles, I wasn’t so sure about them. A breakfast food made with tortilla chips and eggs, like breakfast nachos, could be either amazing or a complete disaster. As it turns out, they are delicious and are now one of my favorite brunch dishes. The tortilla chips become slightly softened […]

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: My Favorite Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai may not be as unique as Chiang Rai's White Temple, or as grand as Wat Pho in Bangkok, but for me, it's the most beautiful. It's a striking temple and my favorite thus far in Thailand.

Food of Puglia, Italy with Cooking Experience in Lecce

by Sean @ Venturists

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Of course, we had to take a cooking class in Puglia, Italy. We have spent a significant amount of time traveling around Italy, but before this trip hadn’t made it to this region located on the “heel” of the boot that is Italy. And, our Italian friends from the region wouldn’t let us forget this. We were […]

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How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl

How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl


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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Going Wild: 15 Treks in South America | South America

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Let’s think of South America as the world’s playground. Everyone has heard of the Inca Trail, but when it comes to treks in South America, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. You can get the most from your time on the continent by exploring its limits. You can cross borders on your own two feet or be at the top of a volcano before the sun has even peeked over the horizon. And that, guys, is what adventure travel is all about. There are thousands of trails to choose from in South America. Knowing just which trek to pick can be your first big challenge. I collaborated with some extra rad adventure travelers to detail the best treks in South America so you don’t miss a single one. Let’s get to it! Some photos have been edited by me and may not reflect the style of the photographer.  The Best Hikes & Treks in South America Huemul Circuit | Argentina Nearest City: El Chaltén, Argentina // Difficulty: Hard // Duration: 4 Days The Huemul Circuit may just be 63km, but it’s considered one of the most challenging treks in South America. The first day’s scenery is forests and hanging glaciers with a night spent […]

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On an Island in the Sun (Lake Titicaca Remix) | Bolivia

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

You’ll leave Isla del Sol, an island on Lake Titicaca, claiming to have day tripped on “the world’s highest commercially navigable lake”. I bet you’ve just been waiting your whole life to say that, huh? But having seen many of the world’s relatively oldest, biggest, unnecessarily tallest, and arbitrarily best attractions, I can safely say that Lake Titicaca is absolutely worth a visit. It might be the world’s highest, and South America’s second largest, but grandeur aside, it is a lovely place exploding with Bolivian culture. Stretching some 190 km, Lake Titicaca stands besides the Great Lakes in size with a delightfully Bolivian twist. On a quick jaunt from Peru, you’ll find the shores of Copacabana speckled with hardworking women in bowler hats, wearing braids that would take finer haired women a lifetime to grow. You can order trout fished straight from the water, cooked at least thirty different ways, for $3 a plate. The balsa boats call to pre-Colombian times, and no one really mentions the swan-shaped boats and XORBS in the harbor. Lake Titicaca is surprisingly kitschy (as evidenced by the very weird hillside hotel) but these are the things that bring Lake Titicaca from slightly overrun natural wonder to delightfully […]

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A Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale Is Coming To Sydney

A Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale Is Coming To Sydney

by Sarah Hilton @ The A List | The Urban List

Sydney is officially getting its own indoor plant party (AKA a massive warehouse sale) and for reals, it's the plant sale to end all plant sales. Grab all your mates because The Jungle Collective have loaded up the truck and are heading up from Melbourne to show us that indoor plants are cool. Like really, really cool. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

If you think you read wrong, this really is an indoor-indoor-pot-plant-sale (repeated indoor on purpose). Held at a secret location in Sydney’s inner city, you’ll find plants left, right and centre of all sizes and you’ll be shopping up a storm to the soundtrack of tropical tunes. 

If you didn’t already know, this is a MEGA mega sale so you’ll, no doubt, see a green blur of goodies bustling out the door before you know it (so we suggest getting in early). If you’re a bit of an “oh I forgot to water my plant so it died” kind of person (guilty) they’re even bringing in an on-site horticulturist who can teach how to care for your new tropical pet. There’s really no excuses now #soznotsoz.

The prices are cheap but your house will look ultraaaa expensive with these potties so its time to fool your friends into thinking you’ve got your life together—at least for a little while. 

PS If own something tropical (‘cause who doesn’t?) then wear it! You get $5 off your purchase and some mad respect from other visitors.

More info here.

The Details

What: The Jungle Collective Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale When: Saturday 17 February, 10am – 4pm Where: Secret Location Cost: plant costs vary

Here are even more things happening this month in Sydney. 

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Playa del Carmen Restaurant Recommendations

by Jen @ Venturists

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Good Choices Near the Condo Las Hijas de la Tostada This place is right on 5th Avenue about 2 blocks from the condo. It’s frequently packed with locals and tourists alike. They have fantastic ceviche and seafood tostadas. If you aren’t into ceviche, they also have a nice cooked shrimp taco with cheese (holbox taco) […]

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Budapest Cafes – A Budapest Coffee Guide for the 21st Century

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

The new breed of Budapest cafes are hip, happening and highly caffeinated. Read on to find out our favorite spots to drink third wave coffee in Hungary’s capital city. Budapest is a city known for a cafe culture that’s as rich as the cream that flows into its coffee. Back in the day, artists and poets would meet at Budapest coffee houses to share ideas and philosophies while sipping strong brews and eating a variety of Budapest cake specialties like strudel and flodni. Hundreds of cafes graced both sides of ...

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Sweet 16: Anniversary Reflections and Travel Inflections

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

As we celebrate 16 years of marriage today, I consider a few of our turning points, the mindset that motivated them and some of the emerging lessons that guided us to the next step. Sweet 16, of a total of 19 years that we’ve been together. (Yikes! Has it really been that long?!) For me, […]

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Mexican Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)

by Jen @ Venturists

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What are Charro Beans? Charro beans (also called Ranchero Beans or simply Mexican Bean Soup) are a simple dish of slow cooked Pinto beans flavored with bacon and chiles. A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originally from the Jalisco region of the state of Mexico. The Spanish terms vaquero (cowboy) and ranchero (rancher) reference […]

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Georgian Stuffed Mushrooms with Sulguni Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I told friends and family that I planned to visit the Republic of Georgia, many admitted that they had either never heard of it and or needed to look on a map to figure out where it was. Georgia is a Eurasian country nestled between Russia, Armenia, Turkey and the Black Sea. It was […]

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Zagreb, Croatia: Broken Relationships and Bloody Bridges

by Sean @ Venturists

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Split and Dubrovnik get much more attention than Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Sure, Zagreb doesn’t have the coast, but this city has a complex history, incredible architecture, some strange museums, and a lively and friendly atmosphere. We spent a week exploring the city, and have outlined our favorite things to see, most of them […]

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Wine in Split, Croatia: A Story of Family, Wine, and a Grape.

by Sean @ Venturists

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We’ve been on lots of wine tours. Traveling and sampling local wines just goes together so well, and as anyone who knows us can attest to, we love wine. But even more so than the wine itself, we love learning about the stories and history of a region’s wine. Winemakers are typically passionate about their […]

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Ultimate Sangria with Red Wine Rum and Brandy

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I arrived in Seville, Spain, I had visions of enjoying a lovely glass of Sangria while sitting at an outdoor cafe while lazily watching the world go by. I quickly learned that Spaniards aren’t as enamored by Sangria as I had thought, and that many restaurants peddle overprices glasses to tourists. Instead, locals in […]

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My Daily Food Expenses in Hanoi - Sunkissed Suitcase

My Daily Food Expenses in Hanoi - Sunkissed Suitcase


Sunkissed Suitcase

It's easy to eat cheap or to splurge when eating in Hanoi! Here's a look at my daily food expenses in Hanoi.

A Mean Girls Brunch Is Heading To Sydney

A Mean Girls Brunch Is Heading To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

In case you’re still recovering from the news that a boozy Harry Potter brunch is coming to Sydney, you might want to take a seat. Because now a Mean Girls brunch is on its way and it’s going to be the pink party of your God damn dreams. 

The details are pretty slim right now but what we do know is this: you’ll be wearing pink, sipping prosecco (and cocktails, duh) and scoffing breakfast goodies while quoting your way through what is arguably the best movie of our time. 

The brunch will be happening in April in both Sydney and Melbourne, and you can grab your tickets here

Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner just confirmed she was pregnant the whole time and we're done. 

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An Experiential Travel Guide to Osh, Kyrgyzstan: 20 Ideas to Get You Started

by Daniel Noll @ Uncornered Market

By Daniel Noll

If you visit Kyrgyzstan, it’s possible to overlook the Central Asian cultural mixing bowl that is the city of Osh. For many travelers, Osh serves as a transit point en route to the Pamir Mountains, Irkeshtam Pass to China, Dostyk crossing to Uzbekistan, or the newly marked trekking trails in the Alay Mountains. However, if […]

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International Cuisine and Recipes

by Jen @ Venturists

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Welcome to our collection of International Recipes inspired by our ongoing travels around there world. In our experience, the best way to learn about a new culture is to understand, and savor, it’s cuisine. We began collecting and developing recipes as a way to remember and celebrate each that we have visited. We have been […]

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My Immigrant Family’s Obsession with Paul Bocuse’s Soup with Truffles Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

“If you want to impress jaded Vietnamese guests, make French food,” my mom frequently told me while I was growing up. That’s among the reasons she made puff pastry when we came to the United States. It was as if she had been waiting all her life to knead excess moisture out of butter to...

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French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

French Quarter In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are French area, Vietnamese area and concession area. Up till now, the French area has been known as the French Quarter. Compared to the Old Quarter, French Quarter might be not as bustling as its neighbor but it would take you to another part of Hanoi soul – the charming and elegant one. Let us help you to grasp some must-know things about the area. 1. History: French Quarter in Hanoi mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from […]

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Five Popular Exotic Wedding Destinations to Say ‘I Do’ in Style 

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By Becky D Ziemba There was never a bride who did not dream of a perfect wedding —a beautiful dress, three-tiered creamy white cake, and that perfect kiss, which binds her with the love of her life. The trends in the wedding market indicate that one in every four weddings happening all over the world is opting for a destination …

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Destinations

by Jen @ Venturists

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After 4 years of full-time travel, we have covered a lot of territory! Here is our collection of articles about our adventures and interesting experiences and people that we have encountered along the way. It is our hope to help our readers find a new location or off the beaten track activity to improve your […]

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Victoria Falls – What We Wish We Knew Before Visiting

by Jen @ Venturists

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Victoria Falls are arguably one of the worlds most beautiful natural wonders. We stayed in the area, on the Zimbabwe side of the falls, for four days. Before we arrived, we did some research and had decided that we were also going to visit the falls from the Zambia side, as well as doing a […]

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Elephant Nature Park: A True Animal Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

What drew me to Elephant Nature Park is it's "no elephant riding" policy. There are no bull hooks here, no elephants forced to kick soccer balls or paint for the entertainment of tourists. Instead, the park functions as a true rescue center and animal reserve.

Simple Tomato Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking […]

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East-West Chicken Stock

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

For the most part, Asian meat broths and stocks rarely include a lot of vegetables. Onion and ginger and basically it. No carrot or celery. However, for the Paul Bocuse soup with truffles, I came up with this hybrid recipe. I made it in my Fagor Lux, but you can use an Instant Pot or...

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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Best of 2017 – Our Food and Travel Favorites

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

2017 was a busy year for the 2foodtrippers. We traveled to three continents, 13 countries and too many cities to count. Check out the food and travel experiences that were our best of 2017. We began the year 2017 without definite plans. Perhaps we could plan our calendar way in advance as some ‘type A’ people probably do, but what’s the fun in that? Sometimes, we’re just hanging around our Naples, Italy apartment and, all of a sudden, the spark of travel shoots across our brains and, on a whim, we ...

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Twice-Baked Potatoes with Goat Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Whenever I make twice-baked potatoes, they are typically everyone’s favorite item on the days menu. Mine included! I love potatoes in general, but mostly as a vehicle for whatever I put on them. Whether it’s dipping french fries in aioli sauce or topping a potato with sour cream, the meager spud with its creamy texture […]

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My New Favorite Island: Harbour Island

My New Favorite Island: Harbour Island

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

I discovered my new favorite destination this past April when I went on a long weekend away with my mom and sister: Harbour Island. This tiny little island only takes about 5 minutes to walk the width of at its center but there is surprisingly a lot of activity on this hidden gem. Plus the beaches aren’t hard on the eyes either…Harbour Island is dotted with colorful buildings covered in tropical blooms. We spent hours driving around our rental golf cart trying to decide which house we would live in if we moved here in our dreams.The crystal blue water is a sight to see in and of itself. If you look close enough, you can tell that the sand on the beach is pink! The pink of the sand doesn’t appear as vivid in photos but in person, especially at sunset, it’s a fun touch added to the island.  […]

Life List: 100 Amazing Things To Do Before You Die

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

What's on your life list? This is the best 100 things to do before you die. Float in the Dead Sea, see a broadway musical, stand in front of the Taj Mahal, trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and so much more.

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Organic Raw Food at “Mimi’s Menagerie”

by Catherine @ HOTTABLE

While global hunger persists, 40% of the world’s crops are fed to cattle. We speak to Mimi’s Raw Pantry owner and animal lover Imiin Ng about how veganism can help save the planet.

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Where Next? My 2018 Travel Plans

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

The answer is… not all that much! (Aha, clickbait! Gotcha!) Just kidding. Kinda. The real answer is… not much, yet! Man, how far we’ve come since I wrote this post over a year ago while sitting in Nepal watching Trump win the election. I was trying to figure out how to make money to keep traveling, hanging out with an Englishman named Marko, and internally debating if I would, in fact, enjoy a five-day hike in the Himalayas… Okay, so maybe we haven’t come that far. Though I’m no longer in that “I don’t know where I’ll be a week from now and everything I own is sandy” stage, I’m still taking this freelance-and-travel thing about a month at a time. It’s too tough to plan more than that! And it certainly keeps things interesting… Right Now I’m back in England at the moment in Marko’s little village of Shotteswell. Our only plans are to maybe go to the pub, book the massage he got me for Christmas, meet up with some of his friends for beers, see a rugby match, and ummm, do some puzzles and play some games around the house? I’m currently wearing my bathrobe for whole days while I […]

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10 travel tricks that will save you a fortune

by Lance Whilst @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

Heading abroad is great fun. Whether you’re off on your annual summer family holiday or a romantic city break over a long weekend, exploring a new place is exciting and rewarding. But going abroad can be expensive if you don’t plan well. You’ve got to think about how you’re getting there, where you’ll stay, what […]

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Top Things to do in Seville Spain for Foodies

by Jen @ Venturists

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It was our second day on our first trip to Seville, Spain. We’ve had several trips to this beautiful country, including trips through Catalonia, Madrid and Barcelona and were ready to discover what was unique and special about this southern city. What we discovered was quite a bit. Here, the best meals are had late […]

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Quiz: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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2017 Gift Guide for Curious and Obsessive Cooks

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Looking for last-minute ideas for a favorite cook? That may entail gifting yourself (!), a friend, or family member. This year, I found myself obsessing about certain kitchen tools and cooking appliances. Maybe it was an escape from the political roller coaster that we’ve all been on — no matter what your affiliation or inclination...

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8 Hacks For A Better Night’s Sleep

8 Hacks For A Better Night’s Sleep

by Georgia Jayne Young @ The A List | The Urban List

Oh how we love sleep. We would even go so far as to say there is literally nothing better than a great night’s sleep and nothing quite as terrible as a shitty night’s sleep. Waking up feeling refreshed and well rested is the absolute best way to start the day. Try adding these eight super simple sleep hacks into your bedtime routine and prepare to slay the day!

Limit Caffeine

This one’s pretty obvious, to be sure. We all know that drinking coffee right before bed is not conductive to a good night’s sleep, but did you know that you should be avoiding all forms of caffeine four - six hours before bed? Yup, that includes post-dinner special hot chocolates.

Have A Cuppa

We’re talking the herbal kind of cuppa, specifically camomile tea as when you drink this tea your body experiences an increase in the chemical glycine which is known to relax nerves and muscles, acting as a mild sedative. We are obsessing over the delish Lemon & Honey Camomile Tea with Manuka Leaf from Ti Ora, helping us off into a blissful slumber each and every night. 

Control Exposure To Light

So, we know you may be used to scrolling through the entire internet each night while lying in bed but, believe it or not, this is probably not helping you to get the best sleep ever. Try limiting your exposure to light leading up to sleep time and if you aren’t prepared to give up your nightly Insta-stalking regime, at least turn the brightness down on your phone.

Use A Sleeping Mask

Complete darkness is the ideal condition for a great sleep, so channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and find a stylish eye-mask to block out the world and sleep the night away.

Journal

We don’t know about you, but our lives are hectic af and sometimes we have approximately 127 thoughts flying around our minds the minute the lights go out. The best way that we’ve found to deal with this annoying phenomena? Write that shit down. You’ll be surprised how much emptier your brain feels.

Avoid Naps

Okay, so naps may be one of our absolute favourite pass time activities (what’s more luxurious than sleeping in the day time?!) but they are definitely not good news when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, sadly.

Take A Supplement

Magnesium is definitely our go-to supplement for a great night’s sleep as the mineral helps to relax muscles and ease nervous tension. We are loving Go Healthy’s Go Magnesium Sleep which has been formulated specifically to support a deep and relaxed sleep—yes please!

Sleep With Your Dog In Your Room

If all else fails, sleep with your dog in your room. Yup, you heard us right: a recent study has shown that people who sleep with their dogs in their room (but not their beds) have a better night’s sleep. We’re assuming that the participants’ dogs didn’t snore.

Want more? Here's how to become a morning person with these ten easy hacks!Image Credit: Breakfast At Tiffanys 

The Best Budget Hanoi Food Tour - Best of Vietnam - Journalist On The Run

The Best Budget Hanoi Food Tour - Best of Vietnam - Journalist On The Run


Journalist On The Run

Eating my way around the city on the best Hanoi Street Food Tour money can buy. Have never eaten so much in my life.

Beef Borscht – Beetroot and Cabbage Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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Borscht is one of those dishes that I honestly thought I wouldn’t like. When I was first introduced to the dish as a kid, the idea of a soup made out of beets just didn’t appeal. At all. Mostly likely because my introduction was likely those canned beets that you find on salad bars. And […]

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Surrender is What Will Save You

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  “Ultimate freedom has nothing to do with your life circumstances –it is the freedom of allowing the self to dissolve into the waves of the ocean. It is the freedom that is born through one’s absolute trust in life.” – The 55th Gene Key   (This post is part three in a series, you […]

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This Republican Politician Voted For Stricter Anti-Prostitution Laws. You'll Never Guess What Happened Next.

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This Republican Politician Voted For Stricter Anti-Prostitution Laws. You'll Never Guess What Happened Next.

Getting a Local’s Perspective in Venice

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One thing you can be sure of when you visit Venice is….crowds. People flock to the city of canals during the high season, and for good reason. Venice is like no other place on earth, with the maze of waterways, crooked streets, and fascinating history. But the crowds can be stifling too. Massive St. Mark’s Square (Piazza […]

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Hanoi street food tours|Personal food tasting & culture tours

Hanoi street food tours|Personal food tasting & culture tours


Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

Hanoi street food tours provide food tasting and cultural sightseeing tour. Discover Hanoi cuisine culture tour. Available customized or personalized tours

The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

An Experiential Travel Guide to Karakol, Kyrgyzstan: 25 Ideas to Get You Started

by Daniel Noll @ Uncornered Market

By Daniel Noll

When readers ask, “I’m traveling to Karakol. Is there anything to do there? Where should I go?” We have a raft of ideas, often surprising them. Why? Because most travelers (and guidebooks) know Karakol, a town in eastern Kyrgyzstan, only as a jumping off point for popular day hikes and multi-day treks in the nearby […]

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Vietnamese Street Food – 750,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

VSF brings the team together that brought you “KOTO a culinary journey through Vietnam”. With this book you will take some of the street life of Vietnam home with you. With over sixty recipes featuring some old favourites like Pho and Bun Cha to the more unusual like West Lake prawn cakes and Spring Rolls with Chinese sausage and dried prawns. Published in September 2011 by Hardie Grant Australia.

Philadelphia cheesesteak wars: 12 hours, 4 cheesesteaks

by Anna @ slightly astray

“You can’t come to Philadelphia and not have a cheesesteak.” Given that the cheesesteak is practically Philly’s symbol, that statement is so true. But we’ll do one better. In fact… we’ll do three better. The best thing about hanging out with foodies is that everyone is enthusiastic about eating and hunting for good food. The best thing about visiting locals is that they know where all the best spots are. The perfect combination. And because everyone has a different opinion...



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Guanajuato, Mexico Street Food Tour

by Jen @ Venturists

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When we were recently invited by our friend and fellow travel writer, Tim Leffel, to visit the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, of course we happily agreed. Even better though, the plan was to spend a day with Tim and some other blogger friends sampling street food with Mexico Street Food Tours. You don’t have to read many […]

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Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi

Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi


Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Hanoi was known for it's plethora of Vietnamese street food and I wanted to try it all. Everything from worm cakes to frog legs to delicious banh mi.

Top Things to do in Rome for Foodies

by Team Venturists @ Venturists

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Rome is a wonderful city that has plenty to offer all kinds of visitors, including people who are food fans. If you are planning a visit to the city, we strongly suggest that you add a few of the ideas below to your itinerary. Enjoy a Guided Food Walk Combining a walk with tasting local […]

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Solta Island Day Trip from Split Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Šolta is a Dalmatian island located a mere 9 nautical miles from Split, Croatia. It is a lesser chosen destination in comparison to more mainstream islands like Hvar and Brač. That honestly was part of the reason we opted to visit Solta. Split is a beautiful place to explore, but during mid-summer, when we were there, […]

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Braised Pork Cheeks (Carrilladas)

by Sean @ Venturists

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Slow cooked pork cheeks are a Spanish secret that I can’t believe we hadn’t discovered before a recent trip to Sevilla, Spain. We had ordered Cola de Toro, which is a braised oxtail that is cooked until it’s falling apart, at a small but well-reviewed tapas restaurant. The waiter explained to us that if we […]

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Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

by Jen @ Venturists

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This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also […]

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Easy Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell

by Sean @ Venturists

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I love oysters. But I almost never have them at home. It’s just too much work opening the shells, and I’ve sliced up my fingers multiple times trying to replicate the process that the experts at the oyster bar make look easy. During a recent trip to Maine, my father-in-law shared his recipe for grilled […]

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Slow Cooked Barbacoa Beef Tacos

by Jen @ Venturists

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Barbacoa is one of our favorite slow-cooked beef recipes – with a Mexican accent! Barbacoa is actually a dish that comes from the Caribbean, where the term “barbecue” originated. Over time the recipe has evolved. In Mexico, where we became acquainted with the dish, barbacoa refers to meat that was originally slow cooked in clay […]

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Our Recommendations – What We Have In Our Pack

by Jen @ Venturists

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After 2 years of traveling full-time, we have more travel under our belts than most. And during that time we’ve come up with a few things that make travel easier and more convenient for us. Below are links to products that we use and recommend.  Jen: The primary bag that we both use is the eBags […]

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7 Short Luxury Cruises in Asia that will make you want to set Sail

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Luxury cruises in Asia are an undisputed treat. ‘Throw off the bowlines’ as the Mark Twain quote urges – cast away your ties to ordinary travel and embrace the timeless enchantment of the overwater journey. Cruising is one of our favorite ways to see a country – all the more when it’s aboard an elegant

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3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Kylie Jenner Finally Confirmed She Was Pregnant & We Have A Lot Of Feelings

Kylie Jenner Finally Confirmed She Was Pregnant & We Have A Lot Of Feelings

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

After months of every single person in the entire world speculating that Kylie Jenner was pregnant, we finally have answers. And thank God for that—seriously, we’re tired. It started with an Instagram post (that’s already had a cool 6.2 million liked by the way) where she basically apologised for keeping us in the dark and fiiiiiine we’ll forgive her.

 

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Now there’s a video documenting her entire pregnancy and we have a lot of feelings. The video starts with Kris giving birth to Kylie and I don’t care what this says about me, but I had chills. It’s also a little chilly in Sydney this morning but really, we know it was the DRAHMA. 

The story of her pregnancy is then told by her two best friends. Cue cute footage of Travis (AKA baby daddy) showing his mate an ultrasound image and all of us wondering how the hell they kept it all so quiet. We’ll admit, it’s all a lot cuter than we thought it’d be. 

Seriously, Kardashian home videos get us every freaking time. 

Image credit: YouTube account | Kylie Jenner

Curried Vegetables in a Tomato Gravy with Poached Eggs

by Jen @ Venturists

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This recipe is inspired by the flavors of the middle east. I really enjoy shukshuka, an Israeli recipe with poached eggs in a tomato sauce served with fresh bread for dipping. This version adds more vegetables and curry for a heartier dish that’s bursting with flavor. If you enjoy curry and are looking for a […]

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Teufelsberg: No One Listens Better than the NSA | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Berlin was still devastated from WWII in 1957, and you’ll find a mountain of rubble in Grunewald Forest to prove it. Debris too much to bury and too heavy to move was instead piled into a mound; On top of a Nazi military-technical college, at that. They called it Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain). Since its construction, Teufelsberg has served many purposes. For a time, it was equipped with ski jumps, but the jumps began to decay after 30 years of non-use. Next, it served as an NSA Listening Station. In 1963, US Allied forces selected Teufelsberg as a superior vantage point for listening in on Communist communications. The structure was abandoned after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. In the 1990’s, investors bought the site with plans to build a hotel and apartments, but the project was deemed unprofitable, so they never built. There have been talks of both preserving and destroying the harrowing reminder of  history, but the towers of Teufelsberg still stand. And today, where there was once ruin, there are murals. Closets overflow with unused supplies, and there are only beams where walls once stood. You tread through fields of shattered glass and concrete crumble. Handrails rust and canvas […]

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Obama eats out in Hanoi: 6 must-try Vietnamese street food and where to get them in Singapore

Obama eats out in Hanoi: 6 must-try Vietnamese street food and where to get them in Singapore


The Straits Times

It was a rare sight - US President Barack Obama sitting on a flimsy plastic stool, having a simple Vietnamese meal in a Hanoi restaurant with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Pink Sands Club: The Height of Luxury

Pink Sands Club: The Height of Luxury

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

The Pinks Sands Club on Canouan Island was such a surprise to me! This was my second work trip (my first was to Uruguay, Chile and Chilean Patagonia) and it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I get to travel to some pretty fantastic places, The Pink Sands Club included. Snuggled on a private beach on an island in St. Vincent and The Grenadines in the Caribbean, the hotel is white with splashes of bright pink and blue – a favorite combo of mine. Each room is slightly different but all in the same style. Each room in the hotel has a large terrace overlooking the ocean – my sister came with me on this trip and we liked to sleep with the door open to the terrace so we could hear the ocean as we went to sleep. Canouan Island has a population of roughly 2,500 people. The […]

The Rewards of Traveling Outside of Your Comfort Zone

by Jen @ Venturists

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I became passionate about travel after my (now) husband took me on my first trip abroad. Instead of planning a typical vacation that involved lying in the sun and getting the darkest tan possible (which i have since grown to regret for so many reasons), he suggested that we plan a trip to Europe. That […]

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An Insider’s Tour of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions

by Jen @ Venturists

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Like many people who have visited Italy, our first visit has not been our last. In fact we’ve been to Italy three times so far, and are now spending a few months slowly touring our way through the country. This has given us the opportunity to explore beyond the top destinations that come to mind, […]

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A Return to the Wild

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  I think I’ve been scared to write this. Afraid that by putting the words on the page I might bring it all back to life. And yet that’s the very reason why I need to write this.   So that I remember to never forget.     I guess you could say the story […]

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Hanoi Street Food Tour

Hanoi Street Food Tour


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A fabulous street food tour of Hanoi, featuring mouthwatering local Vietnamese street food dishes such as Bun Cha, Bahn Cuon and Ca Phe Trung.

The Spice Girls Have Announced A World Tour!

The Spice Girls Have Announced A World Tour!

by Urban List Writers @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re getting what we want, what we really really want. When we heard the worldwide phenomenon that is The Spice Girls was getting back together we couldn’t contain our excitement, and you can only imagine the full-on frenzy following the announcement by TMZ of a world tour.

Yes, you read that correctly, they’ll be spicing up our lives—IN PERSON. Though still in the planning stages, we can rest assured knowing all members are fully committed to a tour going ahead—let's just hope they put Down Under on their list of places to visit!

 

Love my girls!!! So many kisses!!! X Exciting x #friendshipneverends #girlpower

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So what are you waiting for? Dust off the old platforms, whip out the crop tops, lollipops, U.K. flag attire, and scrunchies—Spice mania is officially taking over and we are not complaining.

Be sure to check back as we bring you all the latest and greatest on the tour. We are living in a spice world after all! 

In the meantime, relive the girl power for a minute or two. 

The Spice Girl reunion may not be the only thing making you feel old. Here are 29 things that will make you feel old AF. 

Top Things to do in Hanoi

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

  Hi, I am Trang, 25 years old, a member of Hanoi Free Local Guides, a Volunteer organization providing travelers with free local guides (you only pay for the guide a drink, you will have a free local guide show you the best of Hanoi) Today, I would love to share with you the Top things to do in Hanoi, the city of culture, politic, and the city of warm-hearted people. where I and my friends offen take travelers around as volunteers. Best things to do in Hanoi are also in a this video for a better look   Hanoi Capital,  […]

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How To Pack for the Camino de Santiago: The Ultimate Camino Packing List

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

How do you effectively pack for the Camino de Santiago — light and prepared? This is the place to find out. But first, some quick background. A beautiful walk, a memorable journey — one that comes up in conversation over and over again. That is our Camino de Santiago. Lessons learned, a stack of stories […]

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Overdose on Street Art in Valparaiso Chile (Bonus: Good Eats)

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Valparaiso, Chile is one of the most colorful cities I have ever seen. The entire city is basically an open-air museum with colorful homes, murals, cute cafes, painted stairs, mosaics and all kinds of artistic eye candy to keep your senses occupied. Less than 2 hours drive from Santiago, this bohemian hotspot can be visited in just a weekend if you are short on time. I will tell you where to eat, play and find street art in Valparaiso. About “Valpo” Greater Valparaíso is the second largest metropolitan area in the country.  In the second half of the 19th century, Valparaíso served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan. Valparaiso attracted many European immigrants during its golden age when international sailors called it “The Jewel of the Pacific” or “Little San Francisco”. Art, particularly graffiti, has had an interesting evolution in Valpo. Graffiti became a regular form of protest under the oppressive regime of the dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s. At that time it was subversive and anonymous. Chile eventually became more democratic but the graffiti continued to thrive. The government finally decided to make it legal but with regulation. Artists are permitted to create what they wish whether it be to express social criticism or simply showcase their artistic vision as long as they contribute to the urban scene. There are competitions where the winner is given the equipment necessary to paint over the bricks or concrete. Pretty cool huh? Random Cool Facts about Valparaiso Latin America’s oldest stock exchange is here It has the continent’s first volunteer fire department Chile’s first public library is here  El Mercurio de Valparaiso is the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world Basics Location:  Coast of Chile, northwest of Santiago Language:  Spanish (English is spoken minimally in Chile but more so in touristy areas) Currency:  Chilean Peso (1000 pesos = 1.57 USD). Easy to find ATMs.  Credit cards are widely accepted except for street vendors. Where to Find the Art There are 9 cerros or hills. Many have funiculars to reach the top where there are great views. They aren’t too bad to walk up if you want to get some exercise. In one day I was able to check out three of them, Cerro Bellavista, Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre. The art is literally everywhere. Buildings are painted with bright fun colors and there are murals in all kinds of unexpected places. I will point out a few of my faves as well as some famous ones, but please enjoy discovering these and more for yourself! There are hundreds more all around the city. I would love to have a week to wander around gawking at art. The Piano Stairs The musical steps are found (quite appropriately) on Beethoven Street. I don’t know the history of this one but I love the creativity. In Cerro Concepcion This one is on Beethoven street, near the Piano Steps. This one really captured the essence of Valpo. I wish I could tell you who painted these! If anyone knows please share! This one is on Almirante Montt as it meets Beethoven Street.  Who can resist posing with all that color! The Allende Mural Salvador Allende was the president of Chile from 1970 to 1973, but involved in politics many years prior. He was ousted and killed (some say suicide) in a controversial coup d’etat by his own military and the American CIA who opposed his leftist policies. This paved the way for the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet that lasted until 1990, ending decades of democratic rule. Allende is a hero to many and is proudly represented in this beautiful mural on Almirante Montt. This street is very beautiful with plenty of other buildings and murals worth seeing. Check out the quirky shop called Bazar PutaMadre (interesting choice of name for those who understand Spanish). Artsy Colorful Stairs I don’t know what the official name for this staircase is but you must see it. It is more than just a staircase. The stairs themselves have mosaic tile and bright colors but along the stairs are various buildings with graffiti, murals, flowers and the whole combination comes together in a unique, pretty and gritty way. Where to Find:  Hector Calvo Street. This area was part of the Museo de Cielo Abierto which I explain later. The photo below was some random little area along Yerbas Buenas The “We Are Not Hippies We Are Happies” Sign by Art + Believe This is probably the most visited site in Valparaiso. I don’t think your visit counts if you didn’t go. Painted on two steps by the UK art collective Art + Believe, this can be found on Cerro Alegre. They say that these words became the mantra of their travels. “The words originate from a very kind Chilean man who took us in whilst in Valparaiso. It captures the color, vibrancy and the philosophy of the Chilean people today, now free of dictatorship.” Where to Find: Templeman 672 Just down the hill from the Happies sign are tons of murals including another beautiful one by Art + Believe. Tower on Fire I sort of stumbled upon this one, then found out it was famous. It’s enormous and hard to miss if you are strolling along Paseo Dimalow on Cerro Alegre. The street itself is full of outdoor street vendors and artists, but there is a dramatic overlook where you can see part of the city as it meets the sea. Just look to the right of the mural and find this awesome little terrace bar! Best view in town right there! Where to Find: Dimalow 166 Museo a Cielo Abierto (Open Sky Museum) This little area is on Cerro Bellavista and is kind of an art walk. It traverses through different murals, viewpoints and there are plenty of cool things to see. I certainly couldn’t resist these mosaic tiled benches. Yellow is my favorite color also. No brainer! You can find all these places and more on the map below: Getting There Several bus companies go directly from Santiago to Valparaiso. The trip will cost 3300 to 5000 pesos each way (roughly $5 to $8 USD). A few bus companies that are good include Pullman, Condor or Turbus. The trip takes 1 hour 45 minutes. Of course traffic plays a factor in this! Once there you can see most things on foot or call an Uber. There is a local bus system called the V-line. Read More: Wine Tasting in the Casablanca Valley of Chile Where to Eat Ok let’s discuss the important stuff…food and drink. You will be spoiled for choice here. Walking along Cerro Concepcion or Paseo Dimalow in Cerro Alegre offers many cafes, restaurants and bars. Here are a few I can vouch for. Cafe Turi Upscale Chilean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. There is a beautiful terrace and perfect for sunset. Try the Pastel de Jaiba (crab cooked in a yummy traditional way), the Congrito (fried eel) or the Squid Ink Lasagna. Be prepared for a richly satisfying meal! Even the dessert is art itself. Check out the chocolate funicular with the swirly spun sugar wind. I thought it looked like Trump’s hair but oh well. It was all scrumptious. Templeman 147   Taulat Tapas Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant with a nice terrace overlooking Paseo Dimalow in Cerro Alegre. Jose Grosse 268 El Desayunador    Like the name suggests, this is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch. Beware of the pancake (panqueque)  as it is actual CAKE. A huge piece. With layers and frosting and all that. It’s not even pretending to be healthy breakfast food.  Apparently cake for breakfast is a thing here and I am down with it! Almirante Montt 399 Hotzenplatz There’s a sizeable German community in Chile and this cute authentic place on Cerro Bellavista is a great place for some traditional Kasespaetzle (dumplings with cheese and caramelized onions). To the right of the restaurant is also one of the entrances to the Museo a Cielo Abierto. Hector Calvo 331 Bar The Clinic Such a great name for a bar. The Clinic. It is kind of medicinal and therapeutic if you ask me. This place is in Cerro Concepcion and has great Chilean cocktails and an outdoor terrace. What more do you need? Read more for info on bars in Valparaiso Where to Stay Hotel Brighton The views here were spectacular. Breakfast is included and the location is perfect, right at the top of Cerro Conception. The staff were also very friendly. * I was not sponsored, just really liked it! Ok you’re on to me. I only picked it because it was yellow! Book your hotel here: Booking.com   If you decide to visit Valpo, I would recommend at least 2 days and maybe one more day to visit Vino Del Mar nearby. I didn’t have time on this trip but will definitely be back! Where is your favorite place for street art? Have you been to Valpo? What was your favorite piece?   Pin it  

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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Stuffed Eggplant with Sausage and Provolone Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Stuffed eggplant (or aubergine) is a very popular dish in Italy. We made them together with Chef Gianna Greco in her cooking school in Lecce, the Pulgia region of Italy in the heel of the boot. I’ll have to admit, however, that Chef Gianna would not approve of my version. There are a lot of […]

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An Aussie Island Is Throwing A Crayfish Festival

An Aussie Island Is Throwing A Crayfish Festival

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Deep breaths team. We’ve just found the food festival of your dreams. This April, some of Australia’s best chefs (and foragers, we might add) are heading to Flinders Island. Where the heck is Flinders Island? Let us tell you. It’s a small island off the coast of Tasmania and if fresh seafood, native produce and a cheeky tipple sounds like your ideal weekend situation, you’ll want to buy tickets to this one right now.

Longsong chef, David Moyle has enlisted some of Australia’s best native chefs for the island’s inaugural Food and Crayfish Festival which will culminate in a beachside long table lunch on 14 April. We’re talking about James Vile (Biota), Mark LaBrooy (Three Blue Ducks), and Matt Stone and Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines). They’ll even be showing up a week early to source the local ingredients personally. 

Oh, and by the looks of things, you’ll even be able to glamp on the island and yeah, this festival just got even more beautiful (we weren’t sure it was possible either). Also (yes, there’s more), because the islanders are just all ‘round great humans, they’ll be lending chairs from their own dining tables so you have somewhere to park it while you feast. 

There is literally nothing more Australian that heading to a secret beach on a lush island and scoffing shellfish all day long. You know it’s true. More details here

The Details

What: Flinders Island Food & Crayfish Festival When: 14 – 15 April Where: Flinders Island Cost: $240 pp

We also just found a luxe doggy high tea (we know).

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Hot Pot Asian Soup (Shabu-Shabu)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a fondue pot with boiling broth. Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” […]

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Keeping It Together With the Demi Hugger – Travel Better!

by Sean @ Venturists

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One of my new favorite travel accessories is a little handy gadget called the Demi Hugger. This slick device attaches my bulky backpack to the top of my suitcase securely so it no longer falls off when I’m getting on and off subways, running through the airport to catch a flight or traversing up and down […]

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The Art of Wine Split Croatia Food Tour

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our one regret in taking this food tour of Split, Croatia is that it wasn’t the first thing that we did when we arrived. Instead, we spent our time in Split clueless about the craft beer, hadn’t known about the walnut infused grappa and had no idea that we walked by the best bakery in the area over […]

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Expat Exposed: Raksha In Sydney, Australia

Expat Exposed: Raksha In Sydney, Australia

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Meet Raksha, an Indian girl who loves traveling! She mostly travels solo and loves to meet new people and explore new cultures. Traveling is her first love and photography is her second. She mostly photographs landscapes and skyscapes. What inspired you to become an expat? Traveling was the main reason. I wanted to explore the World and I wanted to experience staying away from home. Why did you choose Sydney? I had three options based on my job opportunities – Denmark, Canada and Australia. This was the first time I was moving away from family and I knew it was hard for my mother to accept this change. Because of which I decided on a place that was closest to home (India), which was Australia. Did you go alone or did you have a friend/significant other with you? Yes, alone. I had a job before I arrived in Australia, so […]

Things to do in Bologna, Italy

by Jen @ Venturists

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Bologna is located in northern Italy and is the largest city and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Similar to other Italian cities in that it’s known largely for its food and architecture, Bologna sets itself apart by being relatively unexplored by the average tourist. This means there are plenty “off the beaten track” places […]

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8 Korean Bites To Usher In The Olympics Opening Ceremony

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

The Olympics debut this Friday, February 9th, with an opening ceremony in PyeongChang. Plan your menu accordingly, because if you’re anything like us, you’ll be craving kimchi and rice the moment the announcer says “South Korea.” Here are our favorite Korean bites to keep you fueled through what we’re certain will be a memorable performance. […]

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Charred Salsa Verde

by Jen @ Venturists

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Charred Salsa Verde, or Green Salsa, combines roasted vegetables with fresh herbs and lime juice to create a sauce that adds depth and freshness to even the “heaviest” Mexican dishes. The base of the sauce is the humble tomatillo, a green fruit covered in a thin husk that must be removed before eating. The flavor […]

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Chicken Caesar Salad Crostini with Pepitas and Cilantro

by Jen @ Venturists

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Chicken Caesar Salad is one of those staple recipes that I’ve found, in one form or another, on restaurant menus around the world. According to legend, the dressing was originally made by an Italian chef who had immigrated to the United States but was working in Mexico to avoid prohibition in the 1920’s. During a busy day […]

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Holland America Cruise Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities Onboard the Amsterdam

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

From Holland America Line's specialty dining to fitness and cooking lessons, duty free shopping, endless entertainment options and a well-mannered and professionally trained crew to help you along the entire way, taking a HAL cruise onboard the MS AMSTERDAM is a memorable experience.

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Mussels with Leeks, Garlic, Tomato and Wine

by Jen @ Venturists

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Mussels are one of my favorite things to share. It’s rare that I ever eat them alone. A pot of mussels in a savory sauce is meant to be shared. One of my favorite memories of sharing mussels is finding a restaurant in Sydney, Australia that served an all-you-can-eat mussels special on Tuesday nights. They […]

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The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.

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10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

If we're going to spend five hours a day on our phone, we might as well spend a couple of those stalking some #fitspo bosses and *trying* to get motivated. We're a bit over the photo-shopped, booty shots touting yet another brand of protein shaker, so this year, we’re all about following relatable, positive and uplifting peeps in our feeds.

From the resident big names to micro influencers changing up the online scene, here is our list of the top fitspo Instagram accounts to follow right now.  

Sarah’s Day

Handle: @sarahs_day Follow for: Pure Positivity, Holistic Fitness And Lols.

She’s YouTube's holistic health princess and with a devoted #sezzysquad of 360k following her every move on Insta, this lifestyle and fitness star will make you want to put down the chocolate and reach for a bliss ball. From her HIIT workout e-book to teaming up with The Health Lab to release her own range of protein balls, this is one fit chick on a mission to inspire—all while keeping up a wild sense of humour and refreshingly positive outlook. Always aiming to stay relatable and down to earth, she has also been documenting her struggles with hormonal health issues lately and we love her even more for it.

 

And this, my sissy’s... THIS is how I maintain my healthy diet. Sure I overeat and struggle with portion control every now and then, but I genuinely LOVE my diet and get excited over food. I hear so many people opening up about their struggles in sticking to their ‘diet’ or trying to eliminate junk food. I used to think that eating healthy just meant chicken, greens and brown rice ����‍♀️ #yawwwwnnn I eat a highly Paleo, plant-based diet which changes with the season and whatever produce is available. I love trying new veggies, fruits and salad combos to keep it fresh and exciting! Pretty much every ingredient here is classified as a superfood in its own right. Purple cabbage and cacao nibs are loaded with antioxidants which fight free radicals and promote cell regeneration. Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds will help bring a radiant glow to your skin and the salted caramel @loving_earth chocolate which is predominantly virgin cacao butter, an ingredient known to help prevent aging, skin issues and hair loss (I actually use raw cacao butter in the shower as a full body moisteriser ����) If you’re feeling demotivated or bored with your healthy diet, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try a brand new vegetable or fruit. Enjoying your meals and being excited about food is honestly the one major tip I could give you in terms of maintaining a healthy diet✨

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Want more? Here's the lazy person's guide to fitspo.

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Honest Reviews: Huma Island Resort in the Philippines (aka Heaven)

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

There are many luxury hotels out there and although I haven’t stayed in all of them, I can tell you that many of them are not worth your money. This is not one of those. This place, in my opinion, was worth every penny and I will tell you (and show you) why. Keep in mind I was not sponsored. They had no idea I was a blogger, so this is as honest and real as it gets! Are you ready to virtually experience Huma Island Resort? How I Ended Up There Let me set the scene for you. I was at the end of 2 months of continuous travel in Southeast Asia. To afford to travel for this long, I did stay in budget places quite a bit, including hostels. I like to splurge every now and then and the end of my 3 weeks in the Philippines seemed like the perfect time. The place I was staying before wasn’t so hot and I wanted to get out as soon as possible. I called Huma Island and asked how early I could check in. They offered to send a van to pick me up at 0800 from my hotel. That works!  I was staying on a different part of Coron Island so I had an hour van ride to the boat dock. The next step was a 40-minute boat ride to the private island. The exuberance was practically jumping out of my soul by the time I got on this boat. Read More: Discover Palawan Checking In Upon arrival at the property on the island, there were several people waiting for me (yes…just me) at the dock. I was warmly welcomed and given a cool washcloth along with a welcome drink while my luggage was taken. I was escorted into the lobby where a group of employees played a ukelele and sang a welcome song. This was very cute but a little awkward because I’m not accustomed to having that many people greet me and make a big deal over me. I do appreciate their effort though, After I checked in and did all that formal stuff, a man in a golf cart drove me to my overwater villa, giving me a little tour of the property along the way. I could barely contain myself on this ride and was bouncing up and down like a toddler that needs the restroom. Everything was spectacular! When we finally arrived at my villa, he gave me a little tour and then left me to run around open-mouthed and giggling like an idiot. But First, Let Me Relax Sadly I don’t have photos of the room, but it was large with high ceilings and plush colorful decor.  The Nespresso coffee machine and the complimentary bottle of wine was a nice addition. The bathroom was spacious and equipped with every luxurious touch you can imagine including L’Occitane amenities. There was a separate toilet, huge bathtub and a rain shower. The private balcony has sweeping sea views, loungers, outdoor shower and my favorite part…the hot tub. The first thing I did was get in that hot tub and mentally plan the rest of my day. Next, I went to the dive shop. I didn’t feel like doing a dive because it would have taken most of the day, however, there is a plane wreck nearby that you can see. How cool is that? I’ve seen many shipwrecks but never a plane. This region had a lot of WW2 action, hence the planes and ships underwater. Instead, I settled on getting a paddle board and snorkel equipment. I was driven to the beachfront where I was the only person in the water at the time. Just call me the queen of the ocean. Snorkeling from my paddleboard was super fun and there were plenty of beautiful fish and coral. Here’s a little video about the experience: Pool Time After all that stressful activity (I could barely say that with a straight face), I hit the pool, complete with a big pink flamingo floaty. I ordered a few cocktails in a coconut and made friends with some random Canadians. At some point, I did a cooking class that they offered and enjoyed some delicious adobo chicken, a Filipino specialty. Eventually, I decided to hang in my room again and get ready for dinner. As I was walking back to the restaurant area trying to decide which one to eat in (they have many dining choices including a Lebanese restaurant, a seafood place, wine and cheese, and Italian), I passed some people doing archery. The hotel staff member running the show invited me to come give it a try. Why not? I only had half a bottle of wine in my room. What could go wrong? It turns out, I’m a natural. Watch out Katniss! The sunsets here are stunning, of course. Finally dinner. I chose the Lebanese restaurant called Al Fairuz, although I was skeptical about Lebanese food in the Philippines. Apparently the owners of the resort are from Qatar.  They know this food!. As a half Arab, I was extremely impressed with this meal. It wasn’t cheap, but that was to be expected at a place like this. It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye Sadly I had to leave early the next morning. They arranged the boat ride back to the mainland and then a ride to the airport. I truly loved every minute of my day there. This place made me ridiculously happy and I was uber impressed with the service from each and every person there. Well done Huma Island! I hope to be back. Interested in booking a room here? Use this link: Huma Island Resort Disclaimer: I use affiliate links in some of my posts and can make a small commission if you use them to book. This is at no extra cost to you and helps me to maintain this blog! A Few Tips You have a choice of overwater villas or beachfront. I think the overwater experience is fun but if you want to walk out your front door directly onto the beach, beachfront is the way to go. There are two sets of water villas, one is more west. I would recommend these so that you can better enjoy the sunset. There is a spa here but isn’t very big so make appointments as early as you can. Make sure you give yourself a full day at the minimum to enjoy this place and check out as late as you can on your last day. Would you stay here? Where was your favorite splurge hotel? Pin it!

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Reuniting With a Long Lost Lover

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  Going home is such a strange thing isn’t it?     I mean, I suppose it’s strange to call it strange since it’s something so familiar.     Familiar spaces and faces reminding you of who you’ve been and what you’ve survived. Echoes of your past that almost ache when your bones remember.   […]

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Bun Cha (grilled pork and noodles) listed top 10 best street food in the world

by streetfood @ Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

Readers from National Geographic who have ever enjoyed Bun Cha (grilled pork and noodles) claim that “Awesome Vietnamese food” when finding the voted result. This voted result is based on the reviews of numerous interviewers from Fanpage of National Geographic. According to that, people who joined and voted were asked to share experience with street food from anywhere they’ve been ...

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What to Say and How to Say It (advice for Hanoi Tourists)

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

What to Say?  …  and How to say it ! Okay, you read about a great new Hanoi street food vendor or Hanoi eating adventure (presumably here at Eating Hanoi!).  You decided to take on that adventure by jumping onto one of Hanoi’s possibly air-conditioned buses, figuring out how to find your way and pay [...]

How to Eat Your Way in Sintra in One Day

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

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Tet Holiday – No Rest for the Women

by Gerry Flynn @ HOTTABLE

"I never really thought about equality between men and women before – it was only when I met more foreigners. I just assumed I had to please my family and my future husband’s family."

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

by Mathew Trenear @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s the start of the week that sets you up for success, right? Well, if eating out every night is what it takes, then that’s what we plan to do. If you’re on board with our plan, kick off your week with an art exhibit, then dive head first into a Nutella bomb, free burgers,  and wine. So much wine. We know you want in on this one. 

Here are five awesome things to do in Sydney this week.

Monday 5 February

Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean

The MCA has done it again, bringing to us one damn incredible exhibition, this time by experimental video artist Pipilotti Rist. Her installations make use of video and sculpture, completely submerging the viewer (ahem, that’s you) into a kaleidoscope of projections, so you’ll feel like you’re on another freaking planet. She explores the connection between nature, the body and technology, and thanks to her recent immersive environments installations this has never been more awesome. Head over here for more info on this insane exhibition. 

When: Until 18 February Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks Cost: Adults: $22

International Nutella Day

Without doubt Nutella is the downfall for most, if not all of us. Whether it is by the spoon, on toast or in shakes, the hazelnut spread is the stuff of Gods and we can’t get enough of it. The guys at Salt Meats Cheese seem to agree because they’ve invented a menu completely focused on the good stuff. We’re not joking around when we say you can get a Nutella espresso martini to go with your Nutella Oreo calzone. This is madness. Just about all Salt Meats Cheese locations will have the limited edition menu so there’s no reason why you can’t get your hands on it. 

When: Monday 5 – Wednesday 28 February Where: All Salt Meats Cheese Sydney locations

Tuesday 6 February

Free Burgers At Foxhat Burgers

In celebration of passing 1000 likes on Facebook, Foxhat will be giving back to their oh-so-loyal customers by putting on $1000 worth of free burgers this Tuesday. Now that is a LOT of patties. What’s even better, they’ll be making their classic bacon cheeseburger and fried chicken burger for only 10 bucks a pop. We did the maths and that means 100 of you will score a free burger #winning. To wash down all of the free eats, $5 schooners, house wine and mixed spirits will be flying over the bar. There isn’t much we can fault with this situation—head here for more info. 

When: Tuesday 6 February Where: Foxhat Burgers, Newtown Cost: Free

Wednesday 7 February

Simpsons Trivia Night

The time has come to bring back all those many hours of watching The Simpsons—a trivia night all about the people of Springfield. Test your knowledge, or test your friends’ knowledge to see who comes out on top after finally putting that useless (definitely not useless) information to good use. Because when it comes down to it, who knows Bart’s middle name? More details here

When: 7:30-9:30pm Wednesday 7 February Where: Summer Hill Hotel Cost: Free, registration is essential

World’s First Wine Temperature Pop-Up

In a world first, Taylors wines has joined forces with Duncan Welgemoed, Executive Chef of Africola, to create a dinner like never before. The evening is putting all the focus on temperature, of both the wine and the food, with guests visualising the night through smartphone aided cameras that are able to show temperature through low-light and infrared technology. Mind. Blown. Forget what you know about cold whites and room temp reds, these wines will be served at their own peak temperatures to get the max flavour, and we’re all about that. Head here to book.

When: 6pm and 8pm seatings from 7-10 February  Where: Commune, Waterloo Cost: $99

Here are even more things happening this month.

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Homeland 's Season Opener Is So Laughably Bad It Almost Circles Back Around to Being Good

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Homeland 's Season Opener Is So Laughably Bad It Almost Circles Back Around to Being Good

From Saranda to Ksamil in Beaches – The End of Albania

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Sorry for the cliffhanger, guys. Things got a little challenging there for a minute – what with all the freelancing and entertaining guests while traveling. I do neglect the blog when I’m feeling less motivated. I’m sorry for being the worst. Look, Albania is awesome. My biggest regret (other than not spending more time there) is that I didn’t write this post sooner and it’s now the end of the summer season, and I may have deprived some people of a tiny source of Internet information for their Balkans travel planning… because there’s not a lot out there on Albania. Because, trust me, this place is exceptional. And it’s still cool in September even when the crowds have died down! When people ask me where I’ve got to return to, Albania is at the top of my list. Still. One year later and I feel like I haven’t delved beneath the enigmatic exterior that is Albania and it’s wonderfully welcoming yet stoic people. There are some places that are easy to love. There are some places with simple logistics and a well-worn tourist trail. And there are some places where you have to convince your travel companion that you’ve gotta […]

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Exploring Hanoi Street Food - Vietnam Food Travel Blog

Exploring Hanoi Street Food - Vietnam Food Travel Blog


With Husband in Tow

I posed the challenge of finding us unique eats to Buffalo Tours when we signed up for their Hanoi street food tour in the Old Quarter.

Lake Bled – A Storybook Day Trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Lake Bled is one of those places that you visit and wonder, “how long have I been walking around with my eyes wide open and my jaw on the ground?” It’s simply stunning, or at least during the summer when we were there. We visited the picturesque lake with its backdrop of stark mountains and hillsides […]

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Thailand, Three Years Later

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

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Things To Do in Curacao

by Team Venturists @ Venturists

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Situated in the southern Caribbean Sea north of the Venezuelan coast is the fascinating island of Curacao.  It actually consists of the main island as well as the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao.  This beautiful island nation is the perfect place to go for that dream vacation or to spend an extended period of time. […]

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A Taste of Home at Union Jack’s Fish & Chips

by Gerry Flynn @ HOTTABLE

"It was only when I realised my childhood chippy – Jack’s was getting closed down that I knew I had to act upon my instincts from back then and take on the mantle to introduce fish and chips to the market here."

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Hidden places in Nairobi, Kenya that few travelers know about

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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Nairobi is not so straight forward when visiting as a traveler. How should you spend 2 days in Nairobi? Most travelers look at TripAdvisor that offer a handful of things to do in Nairobi, but they don’t give a good impression of Nairobi as a city or of the Kenyan culture, in my opinion. This […]

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Why You Need to travel to Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

The people of Myanmar have adapted well as the country transforms from colonial rule to military rule to now, a society with more freedom where the people and government balance control. My recent travel to Myanmar opened my eyes to many things that are happening in the country.  Myanmar reminds me of my childhood days in Thailand. Myanmar, like Thailand …

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Georgian Chicken in Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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Savory Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce was one of the first sauces we tried when we arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia. For those that are unfamiliar, Georgia (formally the Republic of Georgia) is a post-Soviet country nestled between Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Black Sea. Before we arrived, we knew about the cheesy bread (khachapuri) and the […]

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Icewine: 6 Things You Need to Know About Canada’s National Treasure

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Icewine 101 Icewine is a world-renowned style of wine that can only be crafted under specific conditions. Temperatures have to be a precise -8 to -10 Celsius.  Even one degree warmer or cooler, and it’s not icewine. Although it’s made in Canada’s Niagara and Okanagan wine regions, icewine remains a bit of a mystery to […]

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HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket) Top.1 Things to do in House in Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison. As a Local Tour Guide from Hanoi Free Local Tourrs, I will give you an article about Hoa Lo Prison, And give you some reasons why you should pay a visit to this tourist attraction.   Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists. This place might answer your question “Things to do in Hanoi ” in Hanoi. Located in the […]

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Five Reasons to Visit Naples Italy

by Sean @ Venturists

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Fellow traveler Paolo Barissano offers up his reasons why we should have considered a visit to Naples during our last trip to Italy. Unfortunately we didn’t make it that time, but a visit to the city is definitely on our wish list. We have some mixed reviews about Naples. First, that it has a grittier side, but also some of the […]

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Things to do in and Around Palermo Sicily

by Jen @ Venturists

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Palermo, Sicily may not be the first place that you think of when you’re planning an island getaway. But if you are looking for a place where you can enjoy crystal blue water and white sandy beaches, comb through historic sites and indulge in world-class cuisine, then Palermo just may be the place for you. […]

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Vietnam on the top of 2016 best culinary journeys

by streetfood @ Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

Telegraph recommends some culinary journeys in a new year with Star hotel Michelin, Bordeaux wine tour and Mekong discovery tour. Eastern cuisine Chef Luke Nguyen, the judge of the second season of Vietnam MasterChef show, is the tour guide of this interesting culinary journey. The tour lasts 20 days so tourists will have a chance to ...

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Modena, Italy – Fast Cars and Slow Food

by Jen @ Venturists

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When you hear the words “Modena, Italy” what immediately comes to mind depends on your passions. If what pops into your mind is a flashy red sports car, then you know this to be the birth place of the Ferrari. If, on the other hand you enjoy a good balsamic vinegar or dream of sitting […]

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Pasta Making Class in Bologna Italy

by Jen @ Venturists

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We arrived at the cooking class in Bologna and were met with a stern look from the chef. Due to a number of circumstances including the loss of a wallet, miscommunication and a little misdirection, our little group was late. 10 minutes by our understanding, but a full 40 minutes by the school’s. Not a great start. Unfortunately […]

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Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Gen Phelan @ The A List | The Urban List

Hey guys, this just in: following the Last Quarter Moon, the stars are pointing to a serious crisis of consciousness. Ga-reat. With V-Day just around the corner, the cosmos are plotting some total eclipses (of the heart). Wanna know what else is in store? We’ve got a few ideas...

Aries

Okay, Aries, enough is enough. It’s time to stop putting off that dentist appointment, and those Euro2k18 accom bookings, and that call you never returned from last month. Procrastination station, so long.

Taurus

When an opportunity arises, a true Taurus grabs it by the horns. Take a stand, and kiss the spectating duties goodbye. It’s been too long—get your head back in the game.

Gemini

You can’t be everyone’s everything, Gems. We get it, you’re only trying to help, but what’s ‘helping’ your nearest and dearest is inadvertently bringing you down. Throw a life jacket into the water instead of jumping right in. People treading water will only drag you down with them.  

Cancer

Nothing seems to be holding your attention span for too long, and TBH, you’re acting kinda Crabby. It’s time to stop fighting the restlessness, Cancerians. Let your hair down. We know you want to.

Leo

Leos, put that pride aside. We get that this is no mean feat for you guys. But, if you’d just admit to the emotions that you’re so damn determined to suppress, a flood of relief will come your way.

Virgo

They’re not worth your time, Virgo. We’re here to remind you that love is a two-way street, not a battlefield. Stop selling yourself short when second-best has never been your style.  

Libra

Libra, look at you go! Those New Year’s resolutions are being ticked off at lightning speed. You’re emanating positive vibes right now, and they’re contagious. Just don’t get complacent, keep hustling.

Scorpio

Scorpio, how does a getaway sound? A week, a weekend, or perhaps even a night away from the hustle and bustle of Big City Life could give you the fresh perspective you’ve been so wistfully longing for. Roaaaaad trip.

Sagittarius

You’re lacking inspiration, Sags. Settling back into the groove of work this year has left you feeling a little uninspired. You’ve maxed out on your coffee intake by 10am each day for the past fortnight. It’s time to chase a new perspective.

Capricorn

Tidy space, tidy mind. It’s a mantra you’ll need to adopt if there’s any hope of making it through that colossal to-do list you have mounting. Inhale. Exhale. Ensure your surroundings are in top shape before embarking on your next day of work.

Aquarius

Ctrl + Alt + Del the negative opinions bringing you down. If you keep listening to what everyone else is telling you to do/say/feel, you’re going to lose sight of what really matters to you most. March to your own drum, Aquarius. 

Pisces

Pisces, you’re all work no play. Get back into the groove of that favourite hobby. Your ‘pause’ turned into fully-fledged retirement from doing what you love. The call to action? Find a new outlet, or rekindle an old passion. 

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2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map) As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups. This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture. Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature. Please click here to read A. Introduction A.1. Cultural value: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and […]

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The Essential Gluten Free Guide to Vietnam

The Essential Gluten Free Guide to Vietnam


Legal Nomads

A gluten free guide to Vietnam, which includes foods that are safe, foods to avoid, & a detailed translation card in Vietnamese written by a celiac.

Explore Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Baan Dam Museum (Black House), and Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Wat Rong Khun may the most popular but it isn't Chiang Rai's only draw. There are two other attractions close to the city that are worthy of your itinerary – Baan Dam Museum, aka Black House, and Wat Rong Suea Ten, otherwise known as the Blue Temple. You can visit all three in half a day.

Vietnam Food Trip: Awesome Banh Mi Stands to Try Out

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The Banh Mi is one of most popular sandwiches in the world, respected across the world to the same extent as burgers or clubhouse sandwiches, so much so it was even dubbed the ‘best sandwich in the world’. The Vietnamese sandwich has attracted global attention, and is now served in numerous other countries, from nearby ...

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Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

by Jen @ Venturists

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Meatballs, or albondigas in Spanish, are a favorite comfort food in almost ever culture. This version is a recipe adapted from a friend in Mexico, who makes them at the request of her family at least once a month. After preparing them together with her in our kitchen in Playa del Carmen, we can understand […]

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Discovering the Medieval Hill Towns of Central Italy

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In Italy, about midway between Florence and Rome, lies the province of Viterbo. The region doesn’t receive a great deal of attention from travel sites and guidebooks, but it is dotted with small cities and towns with history that extends back well before Roman times. Many of these towns were built on top of high rocky hills, […]

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Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison. A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi A.1. The […]

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Top 10 Barcelona Restaurants for First-Time Visitors

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Barcelona expert Alex Sexton shares his Top 10 restaurant picks for anyone who wants to have a great meal in his favorite European city.

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Stay Strange: A Design Loft in Munich | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

This post is in partnership with The Flushing Meadows in Munich. I received a complimentary night in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own! “F…L…U…S…H…I…N…G…M…E…A…D…O…W…S” The light bulbs flickered on in sequence, both spelling out the name of the hotel and casting light onto the otherwise vacant Fraunhoferstraße. You’d never know that Munich is home to 1.43 million people if you happen to arrive on a Wednesday after 8pm. Behind the heavy door was ambient music and an elevator directing me to the fourth floor. The high ceilings and exposed pipes in the hallway felt unapologetically cool. I was impressed and I hadn’t even checked into my room yet. Looking for a unique hotel in Munich with a distinctly cool character? Let me introduce you to the Flushing Meadows. About The Flushing Meadows The Flushing Meadows is a design hotel located in the Glockenbach. The space was initiated by Arnold/Jäger/Werner. The trio are designers, gastronomists, and architects by trade, and you’d never even guess that The Flushing Meadows is their first endeavor into the hotel industry. Sleep There are 4 types of rooms available at The Flushing Meadows: the Single, the Studio, the Penthouse, and the Loft. Each […]

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Cooked It | How To Make The Perfect Goon Punch At Home

Cooked It | How To Make The Perfect Goon Punch At Home

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Sometimes it can be hard to transform three litres of Coolabah Crisp Dry White into something that doesn’t taste like it could remove stubborn mould from bathroom grout. Unfortunately, if you’ve spent all your money on Falls tickets and parking fines like the rest of us, then you don’t really have a choice when it comes to wetting your whistle. You can, however, choose to make it taste less like bathroom cleaner.

Here’s how to make the best, most delicious Goon punch at home.

Ingredients

1 white Goon bag 2 bottles of mixed berry Passion Pop 1 bottle of vodka 2 tins of pineapple juice 1 bottle of mango juice 1 bottle of lemonade 1 mango, sliced and diced 1 punnet of raspberries 1 tin of passionfruit pulp

Method

First, replace the pillows on your bed. If you’re drinking boxed wine then you probably have no idea that the shelf life of a run-of-the-mill polyester pillow is six months. So you’ve probably been sleeping on a bag of dead skin cells for three years. Pop to the shops to grab the all-important Gunch ingredients. Make sure there’s a bottle-o nearby as 80% of the ingredients will get you arrested at a Wiggles concert. Head home and slice the mango. Take the lids off all the cans and bottles. Break the seal on the Goon box. POUR EVERYTHING INTO A LARGE LAUNDRY BUCKET TO THE TUNE OF GIVE ME EVERYTHING TONIGHT BY PITBULL. Take a picture of it with a Kodak and Instagram it with the caption #tookmylifefromnegativetopositive.

Hungry for more? Check out all of our other rad recipes here.

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Cape Malay Lamb Curry

by Sean @ Venturists

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South Africa is a blend of cultures. Over centuries of colonization and immigration, the indigenous cultures were influenced by Europeans from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, and Great Britain. Europeans, in turn, brought slaves from Asia, including India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which also had a unique influence on the culture. Each population brought their own […]

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13 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

13 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Can we all just agree that January was a free trial month and 2018 doesn’t start till, well, right now? Actually, let’s just give those pesky resolutions up all together because we’ve just found cheeseboard deliveries, all the happy hours, and a BBQ festival. And we expect you to knock off every single one this weekend.  

Cancel out all that excessive eating and drinking with some cheeky sunset yoga and finally find out what the mean of life is. Here is everything you need to do this weekend in Sydney.

All Weekend

White Label Supper Club

The legends behind Bulletin Place are here to make your snacking dreams come true with White Label Supper Club, a new three-hatted restaurant-quality delivery service. Now you can pack a killer picnic (without the work), head to your local park, and enjoy top-notch cheese and charcuterie board, nibbles and desserts to boot. It’ll definitely impress your date. These guys are on Uber Eats, so if you’re lazy like us, this one’s right up your alley. 

When: Right now Where: via UberEats Cost: Varies

East Side Sessions

Not only has a brand spankin’ new sun-filled venue landed at Bondi Beach, they’re cranking it up a few extra notches by bringing you East Side Sessions. Kicking off this month, Upper East Side will have DJ’s on the decks and exclusive food and drink offerings from midday every weekend. There’ll be bar food, banquets, oversized cocktails, and drink packages along with all the tropical vibes you could want. 

When: Saturday & Sundays, from 12pm Where: Upper East Side, Bondi Cost: Free entry

Can Cava 1st Birthday Menu

You favourite beachside pintxos bar just turned one, and that means only one thing—it’s time to nibble on all the Spanish snacks and sip a few cocktails along the way. They’ve introduced tapas-style dishes too (slightly bigger than pintxos but equally delicious), plus nightly specials. Think bottomless lunch every weekend (2pm – 5pm) and live music on Sundays. Oh, and $10 cocktails alllllll day on Sundays. 

When: Saturday & Sundays, ongoing. Where: Can Cava, Bondi Beach  Cost: Varies

Restaurant Hubert Happy Hour

If you’re searching for a luxurious, European vibe making you feel as though you've been transported to Paris (but without the jetlag and post-plane skin), head down to Restaurant Hubert for Aperitif from 4-6 with offerings like $10 negronis, $5 gin & tonics and house wines, $3 deviled eggs and much much more. Sip the night away in true 1930’s inspired style. 

When: Daily, 4pm – 6pm Where: Restaurant Hubert, CBD Cost: Varies

Thursday 8 February

Harbour Sunset Yoga Series 

Free downward dog while the sun sets over the Harbour Bridge? Yee-ah, it’s happening this weekend. It’s all thanks to the guys at Pier One, who are teaming up with Lululemon (of course they are) to launch a free yoga sunset series. The sessions run for 50 mins in Pier One’s Marquee, which (if you’ve ever been inside) you’ll know has some killer views. Bonus points: after the sesh there’ll be DJs and Kombucha cocktails. Namaste as f*ck, people. Grab your tix here

Where: Pier One, 11 Hickson Rd Dawes Point When: Every Thursday till 8 March, 6:30pm – 7:20pm Cost: FREE  

Friday 9 February

Carriageworks Night Market

For one night only, Carriageworks will transform into a total foodie mecca curated by Carriageworks regular, Kylie Kwong. FYI, that means some of Sydney's best chefs coming to the table. Some of the best in the biz (we’re talking Fratelli Paradiso, Nomad, Stanbuli, Fred's and Continental Bar & Deli and more) will be embracing the theme of using Australian and Indigenous ingredients, grilling, roasting, baking and barbequing up a storm to create a special menu you’ll be dying to get your laughing gear around. Details here.

When: Friday 9 February Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh Cost: $10 entry (+bf)

RIVERSIDE THEATRES PRESENTS QUEERSTORIES

In honour of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary, Riverside Theatres is presenting Queerstories. This storytelling night will dive deep into the lives of stars and strangers alike—the good the bad and the downright hilarious. More details here

When: Friday 9 February, 8pm Where: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Cost: $20 - $25 

International Pizza Day

We know you guys don’t need any more excuses to spend your Friday night scoffing your weight in pizza, but hey, we’re about to give you one anyway. This Friday is International Pizza Day, and to celebrate, Salt Meats Cheese is releasing two limited edition pizzas: carbonara and Bolognese. We know. Get on it, team. 

When: Friday 9 February Where: Salt Meats Cheese locations Cost: $20 per pizza

Saturday 10 February

Sydney International Wine Competition Top 100 Wines Exhibition

We love wine. Like, we reallllyyy love wine. And if you want to sip Australia and New Zealand’s best tipples (and love wine as much as we do), you’ll want to be at this event. It’s a freaking wine exhibition after all. This Saturday, head to Novotel Sydney Central to taste over 250 award-winning food-friendly wines (challenge accepted) and we will not be impressed if you leave empty-handed. Details here

When: Saturday 10 February Where: Novotel Sydney Central

Yaks BBQ Festival

It’s time to stuff the car full of CC’s and head up the Central Coast—the Yak Ales BBQ Festival is on this weekend. Two days of no-holds-barred mouthwatering barbecue from international award-winning Pitmasters (that’s their official title). There’ll be BBQ demos, cooking classes, a BBQ cook-off (sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society—a real thing, appaz) and live tunes galore. Vegetarians, fun for your life. Check out all the deets here

Where: Central Coast Stadium When: 10 & 11 February Cost: $15 for a single day pass, $25 for both days  

Guide Dog Activity Zone

Could this weekend GET any cuter? The legends at ACT are running a puppy photography fundraiser at Market City on Saturday and Sunday, and it’s your one chance (probs ever) to get snapped with a real-life Guide God NSW puppy! Take a moment to ‘Nawwwwww’ if you want. All you need to do is rock up, donate $10 and get smooched by a Labrador. You’ll get a keepsake pic to take home—plus enough good cuddle vibes to get you through Monday). Event info over here

Where: Market City, Lvl 1 When: 10 & 11 February, from 10am  Cost: $10 

Sunday 11 February

Irvin Yalom On The Meaning Of Life

The School of Life have gone and planned another life-lesson event, and this time it’ll be Irvin Yalom teaching you about the meaning of life. Prior warning: he won’t be making an appearance on the actual stage; he’ll be streamed via a live video feed but it’ll be worth it to hear this legend speak about fulfilment and the greatest struggles of human existence. You know, life’s small questions. Tickets here

When: Sunday 11 February, 12pm Where: The Concourse, Chatswood Cost: $55

Don’t Miss…

VALENTINE’S DAY AT HUNTER & BARREL

Ahhhh Valentine’s Day. You either love it or you hate it. We obvs are allllll about it because it gives us yet another excuse to eat delicious food and drink alllllll of the wine. This year, we’ll be spending the night at Hunter & Barrel. For only $75 a pop (that’s per person, people!), you can stuff yourself silly with a three-course feast and Chandon Brut on arrival. The best part? You don’t need to be in a lovey dovey relationship to do it. Grab your bestie and make a night of it. Get all the deets here

Where: Hunter & Barrel When: 14 February  Cost: $75pp

Here are even more things happening in Sydney this month

Editor’s Note: Hunter & Barrel’s event is proudly sponsored by Seagrass and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Guy Davies for Pier One

5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


The Culinary Travel Guide

Hanoi's food scene can be overwhelming with it's mix of smells and tastes, but it's well worth exploring since it's one of the freshest, healthiest and most flavorful cuisines in the world.

Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Sydney

Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Sydney

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

Prepare to unbuckle your belts and make way for all things delicious because Lunar New Year is almost here. It’s one of our absolute fave times of the year—there ain’t no party like a Lunar New Year party—and luckily for you, we’ve hunted down the best festivities in town. If you want to guarantee yourself some luck, good fortune or, at the very least, a complete food coma, the only place to be is The Galeries.

From 15 to 28 February, your fave CBD complex will transform into party town, complete with lucky laneways (featuring art by locals Alex Lehours, Nastia Gladushchenko, McDermott Baxter and Leona Fietz) and live music by Milan Ring. To kick things off, funny man Matt Okine will host the inaugural Lunar New Year Taste Tournament on 15 February, where you can expect to see Grill’d, Lotus, Chat Thai and Jimmy’s Recipe battle it out to take on the flavour of Good Fortune. The best part? You get to taste their creations. Find it on the Galeries ground floor from 11:30am. BYO stretchy pants. 

There’ll be a HUGE ramen-eating competition hosted by Ichiban Boshi and SBS Pop Asia, plus an Instagram filter workshop (!!) run by Andy Trieu and DIY lunar lanterns at Books Kinokuniya. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t go home without stopping by The Kusuka Pop Up so you can score yourself one of their unconventional fortune cookies (when you spend 25 bucks or more). Get all the deets here.

The Details

What: Lunar New Year at The Galeries Where: The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney  When: 15 – 28 February Cost: Entry is free

Editor's Note: This article was produced in partnership with The Galeries. To find out more about who we work with (and why!), read our editorial policy here

Image credit: The Galeries

A Silent Disco Is Happening Under The Sea

A Silent Disco Is Happening Under The Sea

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

For anyone planning on skipping Valentine’s Day altogether this year, listen up. We’ve found one good reason you should just ditch the whole week and wake up once it’s all over. In honour of International Singles Awareness Day (next Saturday, FYI), Sea Life is throwing a good old fashioned traffic light party and it’s the best chance you’ve got at dancing away those V-Day blues (or celebrating the shit out of being single). 

You’ll literally be partying under the sea, with marine life swimming around you while you effectively cut shapes in a giant fish tank. Now, for the traffic light rules. If you’ve only got eyes for one special someone, wear red; if things are a bit complicated but you could be, ahem, persuaded otherwise, wear orange. And if you’re single AF, green is your go-to. 

There’ll be three DJs playing hot hits, old school favourites, power ballads and tragic love songs. Basically, all the good stuff. Grab your tickets here

The Details

What: Sea Live Silent Disco  When: Saturday 17th February 2018 Where: Sea Life Sydney Cost: $40

Meanwhile, Manly's Inflatable Boat Race is back on for 2018. 

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Observations & Ramblings From Two Months Camping Around New Zealand

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Here are a few things that I’ve noticed while camping and housesitting here in New Zealand for the past two and a half months. This post is a bit of a ramble (kinda like this one) so enjoy… New Zealand is expensive. I knew it would be. But like, it’s more expensive than home. Gas and booze especially. And it kills me that I can’t really afford to eat out at all the great-looking restaurants while staying on budget. Losing things in the car makes me feel like I’m losing my mind. When you have literally all of your belongings in a finite space and you can’t find your chapstick, it’s excruciating. Because you know it’s in there somewhere and you’ve just misplaced it, or it’s fallen out of the car never to be seen again… Related: I have to stop setting things on top of the car. Every drive here is beautiful. There’s rarely a time when you’re not looking out the window at some gorgeous view of mountains, lakes, or coastlines. It’s absurd really. It’s also great because the radio in our car doesn’t work anymore… All backpackers here have the same stuff. It’s like, “Oh you have that tent? […]

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Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

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Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

by Jen @ Venturists

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This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings […]

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Bangkok, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its biggest city by far. It's a top tourist destination which is consistently ranked among the world's most visited cities. In fact, so popular and beloved is Bangkok that it was voted the "World's Best City" by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for four consecutive years. Spend a few days there and you'll get its appeal.

Only Happy When It Rains (ft. Florence) | Italy

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

When it rains in Florence, Botticelli Angel umbrellas create an impenetrable fortress between human and sky. Lines to enter the Il Duomo di Firenze are almost as impressive as the cathedral itself, and you can forget about seeing The Birth of Venus without an iPad hovering in the foreground. Happy couples get caricature sketches while those that argued over getting lost all day slug back carafes of Sangiovese wine and binge eat pizza instead. It’s no secret there’s a dense collection of Renaissance art and architecture in Florence, and apparently, people are into it.  Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage city (population 370,000) welcomes 16 million tourists, and you can really, really feel it. It’s fair to say that pretty little Florence has a tourist problem. If you imagine Florence to be like a quaint photo, you might not like the city much at all. But if you don’t mind getting off the main streets and watching the crowds from afar, you’ll find garish window displays at high-fashion retailers, quirky cocktail bars, and local markets selling plenty of divine Italian food that isn’t even pasta. Want to get beyond the top 10 and see the secrets of Florence? Here’s some street photography […]

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10 Best Hanoi Dishes - Top Must-Try Foods in Hanoi

10 Best Hanoi Dishes - Top Must-Try Foods in Hanoi


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The best Hanoi dishes are inexpensive yet tasty treats that can be found within Hanoi Old Quarter’s narrow alleyways and bustling street markets. Compared to other cities in Vietnam, Hanoi food tends to be on the sweeter side and utilises freshwater ingredients such as prawns, squids, shrimps

Cheese Bread and Dumplings! Making Khachapuri and Khinkali in Tbilisi

by Jen @ Venturists

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If you have never heard of Georgia, formally known as the Republic of Georgia, you aren’t alone. Similarly, if you have no idea where it is, and why you should be interested in the food in this place, then you are in for a treat. Lesser discovered places are some of the best to visit. […]

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Hanoi Street Food

Hanoi Street Food


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A tour of the street food vendors of Hanoi

Instastalkers Beware, Instagram Is Testing Screenshot Notifications

Instastalkers Beware, Instagram Is Testing Screenshot Notifications

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

If taking a screenshot of your (future) bae on Insta and flicking it out to the ol’ group chat is your idea of a hobby—listen the hell up.

In terrifying news to Instastalkers everywhere, Instagram is rolling out a screenshot notification function. Set to hit a select group of detectives users, your actions could soon send a cheeky FYI to the person you’re currently stalking the shit out of IRL.

Before you throw your phone out the window, it’s only affecting Instastories. And if you’re one of the lucky few affected, you’ll be shown a notification the next time you go to take a cheeky screenie for laters. And before you freak out even more, future bae won’t be sent an instant notification (yet), rather they’ll see your creepy ways in their view tab with a cute AF camera emoji next to it.

What even is the future of stalking in 2018? Well, this. Apparently.

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Hanoi, Vietnam: budget places to eat and drink

Hanoi, Vietnam: budget places to eat and drink


olive magazine

From banh mi and beef pho to omelettes served with a chilli and calamansi dipping sauce this Vietnamese city is a snacker’s delight

The Strand Hotel Yangon, Myanmar A Review

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Experience: Upon my arrival, I was impressed with the colonnaded entrance at The Strand. The architecture and furnishings transported me to era of colonial opulence. Elegant black and white color palette set the backdrop. Rattan furniture, Burmese antiques, and marble flooring create a lovely historic feel to this recently renovated property. The hotel is quite intimate with only 31 suites. …

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Spirit Food – Offerings to the Ancestors at Tet

by Gerry Flynn @ HOTTABLE

Perish the thought – no-one goes hungry over Tet.

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7 Ways How Female Travelers Can Create The Most Memorable Travel Experiences

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

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A typical traveler rushes from the airport to their hotel or apartment booked via their favorite booking platform after which comes the mad rush to check off must-see places listed in the itinerary. A few days pass by, then it’s all about getting to the airport in time for the return flight or the next destination. […]

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Panama – It’s A Jungle Out There!

Panama – It’s A Jungle Out There!

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

I recently made my first trip to Panama on a work trip with 12 other travel advisors from around the United States. It such a fun way to travel because I get to meet new interesting people who also have a passion for travel, and because I can learn from other travel advisors in the industry that may have more experience in a certain destination or have a different way of approaching a trip. My absolute favorite day exploring Panama was our jungle boat adventure (we also hiked, did a Panama Canal Transit, enjoyed the beach and explored Panama City’s Old City – Casco Antiguo). Our jungle day was my favorite day in country because jungle’s excite me – the landscape is gorgeous, I always find it interesting that you are surrounded by wildlife – much of which you probably can’t see at any given moment. Panama – it’s a […]

Belmond Governor’s Residence Yangon Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Myanmar is a country that intrigues me.  Although it is now open for tourism, very little is written about the country formerly known as Burma.  During my time in the country, I learned a lot about Myanmar and am thankful I get to share my experience with others. One thing that travelers must know prior to traveling to Myanmar is …

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Vietnamese Theatre: A Traditional Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

The water puppet show in Hanoi is a representation of a traditional Vietnamese theatre show that dates back centuries.

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National Pizza Day: This Week In Food Events

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Happy National Pizza Day! While we would like to argue that you can celebrate pizza on any day you please, we can’t argue with the idea of a special occasion prime rib pizza. Need last-minute plans this weekend? Check out some of the events below! Dale Talde’s Massoni in New York is celebrating National Pizza Day with a Detroit-style […]

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Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


Travel + Leisure

“An com chua?”If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have...

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Chiang Rai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Chiang Rai is regarded as the northernmost "large city" in Thailand, though it isn't actually that big. It's much smaller and less developed as a tourist destination than neighboring Chiang Mai. It's perhaps best known for Wat Rong Khun, a striking all-white structure that serves as both a Buddhist temple and an art exhibition.

Best of 2017 in travels (and plans for 2018)

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’ll admit: I’m lazy and wasn’t gonna do a year-end recap post. But I was inspired by posts like Shikha’s and decided to write one of my own. I do think it’s nice to have these to look back on, when the memories start getting fuzzy and the years start to blend together. It’s also a good time to sit down, reflect, and think about the future. So let’s recap! Find out my overall best part of the year, best foodie destination, best...



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Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam

Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam


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Where to eat in the Old Quarter if you are looking for the best restaurants in Hanoi Vietnam

Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Bacon

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Making stuffed eggs (or deviled eggs) are an American Classic. Making them always reminds me of summer. We always had them with picnics or especially on the 4th of July. Stuffed eggs typically weren’t an everyday dish – when Mom started making the eggs it meant we were getting ready for a party. Summer wouldn’t […]

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There’s A New Spot To Gorge On Saganaki In Sydney

There’s A New Spot To Gorge On Saganaki In Sydney

by Hannah Caldwell @ The A List | The Urban List

Attention all Inner Westies, there is a new spot to get your saganaki fix in Sydney and you should be all over this one. Opa Greek Mezze Bar is everything its name suggests, with a menu packed full of Greek fan faves like taramasalata (we could bathe in the stuff), grilled BBQ octopus and that saganaki brilliance we mentioned earlier. 

Head Chef David Fyfe is topping this melted cheesy deliciousness with wild rocket, pistachio and pomegranate and yeah, it’s the dream. Opa Greek Mezze Bar has just opened in Rozelle and the fit out is just like a traditional Greek tavern for that peak homeliness.

Now back to the food (the reason you’re all really here). Follow up your saganaki with the baked lamb shoulder because it’s a damn classic, served simply with lemon and tzatziki. And you know us well enough by now; order dessert, always. Order the bougatsa custard-filled filo, served with pistachio and vanilla bean ice cream, then thank us later. 

You can track Opa Greek Mezze Bar down at 679 Darling Street, Rozelle (and you should).

Meanwhile, lasagne nuggets now exist

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December 2017 travel re-cap: from the snow to the desert

by Anna @ slightly astray

Yay for the last monthly recap of 2017! December turned out to be amazing. I didn’t have anything planned but it ended up being pretty action packed. One more week in New York I was scheduled to leave New York and return to LA in the very beginning of December. The day of my flight, I packed up all my stuff, stripped my bed, and prepared to say bye to Ray and Carmela. We were all feeling sad that I...



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A Sky High All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Challenge Is Happening In Sydney

A Sky High All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Challenge Is Happening In Sydney

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Chinese Lunar New Year has done it again. Every damn year there is almost too much delicousness to handle, and guess what? 2018 is no exception.

Dumpling masters, New Shanghai, are headed to Sydney Tower Eye for 12 days of dumpling feasts and you’ll want to fire up the group chat STAT. 

This is a definite BYO stretchy pants kind of situation, with three dumpling-filled sessions each day. But there’s a catch—you’ll only have 30 precious minutes to eat as many dumplings as your belly can handle. You got this.

The Details

What: Dumplings In The Sky When: Mon 12 February – Sat 24 February Where: Sydney Tower Eye Cost: $40 (hot tip, arrive half an hour early to this one)

Check out the Best Lunar New Year Feasts In Sydney.

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3 of the Best Cities in Spain for Food-Focused Travel

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Find out which destinations were endorsed by over 118 million real reviews from global travelers on Booking.com as the best food cities in Spain.

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My Summer In Review, Part 1: New Zealand to Thailand

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

“Where’s Trailing Rachel been?” I hear you screaming. Or maybe not. Either way, I owe you an explanation I guess according to my mother. I’ve been freelancing. You know, to keep this traveling lifestyle going. You didn’t think the original budget for 10 to 12 months would last when the trip got extended to 2+ years did you? Anyway, I’ve been writing a lot of online content and my list of clients has grown kind of a lot, so I stay pretty busy during the weekdays – and even some weekends, shocking I know! Of course, I still get to go on walks and take breaks and sleep when I feel like it. Duh, this isn’t an office job. I’ve also been moving around quite a bit more than I would at home when I’d just get back to my apartment after work and blog for the hell of it. And hey, while I’m living abroad, why wouldn’t I wanna have beers outside go exploring after I finally get off my laptop? When you’re writing all day to get paid, it’s not exactly the first thing you want to do with your free time. (My girl Anna feels me on this!) Plus, sometimes […]

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The Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - The Foodie Dietitian

The Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - The Foodie Dietitian


Kara Lydon

Hanoi, Vietnam is the place to go for delicious, authentic street food and Hanoi Street Food Tours is the company to book with. Recapping the best Hanoi street food tour!

Beef, Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

by Jen @ Venturists

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Looking for a change from your typical everyday cheeseburger? Adding chorizo (spicy sausage) takes the flavor of an average burger to a whole new level. There are several varieties of chorizo to choose from, such as smoked Spanish-style sausage made with paprika or spicy Mexican-style sausage spiked with chile peppers. The consistency of the chorizo […]

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Italian Sausage and Asparagus Risotto

by Jen @ Venturists

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Risotto is one of those dishes that every cook needs to have in their collection. This Italian favorite is versatile, pretty easy to make and is elegant enough to serve for a dinner party. With just a few ingredients a little creativity, you can use this recipe as the basis for making your own favorite […]

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Discover places near Ha Noi for New Year’s Festival

by streetfood @ Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

Lots of ecological resorts not only have a splendid landscape but also a perfect place to have fun and relax. Visiting here, you have chances to discover nature surrounding or daily life of local people. They’re interesting destinations to enjoy in a holiday. Places which are showed below are really appropriate for a 2-3 day ...

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How To Spend Valentine’s Day Based On Your Star Sign

How To Spend Valentine’s Day Based On Your Star Sign

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

Ahhh Valentine’s Day: one of the most controversial days of the year. Whether you love or hate it; are very, very single or majorly loved up; there’s no way around it, and you kinda definitely need to know how you’re going to handle it.

Lucky for you, we’ve teamed up with the legends at The Star Sydney to demystify V-Day with the perfect date night idea for each sign. Just between us though, if you aren't into the whole astrology thing, just shut your eyes and opt for where ever your finger lands on this list—these spots are all seriously that good. According to the stars, this Valentine's Day will be less arguing about where to eat and more staring longingly into each other's eyes over some next-level eats. 

Tag your crush and let's do this!

Aries

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Sashimi Everything

Aries are the real deal when it comes to all things love. They're not afraid of diamonds, roses, teddy bears or chocolate but we're telling you now—sashimi is all you need. It's basically the food of love and for one night only Sokyo will be serving delectable Tasmanian lobster sashimi along with binchotan grilled pacific oysters with caviar dressing and champagne with roasted stone fruit and pomegranate. Droooool.

Taurus

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Home Cooked Meal

If you’re a true Taurus, you love cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Go super gourmet and treat your tastebuds to a home cooked feast to beat all home cooked feasts (microwave anything doesn’t count). Oh, and a bottle of vino = mandatory. Go on, you (and your S.O.) deserve it.

Gemini

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Act Like Royalty

Geminis love any reason to frock (or suit) up and Valentine’s Day is yet another reason to add to the list. Throw on your snazziest outfit, book a table at Black Bar & Grill and prepare to be showered in champagne and caviar on arrival. Dishing up a special set menu, you’ll be flooding your Insta followers’ feeds with ridiculously lush pics for a week.

Cancer

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Staycay

The unofficial Cancer mantra is go big or go home. On Valentine’s Day this obvs translates to staycay. Book a room at one of the best hotels in town (we’re thinking The Darling in Pyrmont) and make the most of the room service menu and big fluffy robes.

Leo

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Netflix And Chill

As the oh-so fabulous Leo legend J-Lo once said ‘love don’t cost a thing’. Netflix and chill is a thing for a reason and it’s made even better when you’re not the one footing the bill. It’s probably best to treat your bae right and splurge on popcorn though. If you’re by yourself, bring on a 12-hour binge.

Virgo

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Romantic Stroll On The Beach (Yes, Really)

Virgos are usually all work and no play but when it comes to Valentine’s Day you’re the biggest advocates of all (weirdos). Romantic strolls on the beach are right up your alley, so you do you. We don’t judge.

Libra

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: A Day At The Zoo

Let's be honest, you Libras are some of the most indecisive people in the world. You don’t realllly know what you want, but lucky for you, we do. The perfect date for you is a trip to the zoo where you can hop between different animals and keep that attention span of yours sated. Bonus tip: finish off the cutest Valentine's Day ever with dinner at Momofuku Seibo, aka, the iconic David Chang's first restaurant outside of New York City. So, perfect for wow-ing your SO. 

Scorpio

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Dinner With An Epic View

You Scorpios are battlers, which is exactly why you need to treat yo’selves to a 5-course feast at Balla overlooking the harbour. Stuff yourself silly with yellowfin tuna, risotto, octopus, wagyu sirloin AND bacio semifreddo (aka Tuscan chocolate and hazelnut ice-cream) then roll on home. FYI, you don’t need a plus one to do this.

Sagittarius

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Absolutely Nothing At All

Ohhhh Sagittarius. You’re probs going to want to spend the entire day pretending love doesn’t exist. We get it. Do absolutely nothing at all and enjoy every minute of it.

Capricorn

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Novelty Pizza Party

While Capricorns are known for their self-control, it can all fall apart when it comes to pizza. Let loose at Pizzaperta and order yourself heart-shaped everything (yes, we’re talking about heart-shaped pizza, people). For only 30 bucks you can score a heart-shaped Margherita pizza, two heart-shaped Nutella bombolonis AND two glasses of bubbles. You don’t even have to share it if you don’t want to.

Aquarius

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Picnic With Your Whole Squad

You kinda hate Valentine’s Day but you kinda still want to do something for it. Are we right, Aquarians? Round up your whole squad and set up an OTT picnic overlooking the water. Friendship is love. We don’t care how lame that sounds.

Pisces

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Luxe Pamper Sesh

Obvs we’re going to recommend a luxe pamper sesh for the dreamers. There’s nothing you gentle souls love more than sleeping, and an ultra-relaxing couple’s massage (with a full body exfoliation!) at The Darling Spa is the next best thing. Bring your best mate if you don’t have a date, duh.

Editor's Note: This article was produced in partnership with The Star Sydney. To find out more about who we work with (and why!), read our editorial policy here

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The Best of Georgian Cuisine

by Jen @ Venturists

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Knowing just three things about the former Republic of Georgia will explain all you need to know about why it is gaining momentum as an up and coming foodie destination. The first notable reason is its location. Georgia sits directly in the intersection of Europe and Asia. If you have traveled in Asia but found […]

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When Shit Hits the Fan, Move to Berlin | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Living in Europe had crossed my mind plenty of times before, but I always struck it down as soon as it did. Without a Master of Engineering or a Swedish husband, I assumed that the paperwork would make moving to Berlin impossible. But, I have to say, there’s nothing like shit hitting the fan to make a girl chase down her wildest dreams. Moving to Germany isn’t the same for all passports or professions, but as a [US] American in a creative field, I found the process quite easy. Ready to pack your bags, get your German Freelance Visa, and relocate to the very wurst country on earth? I promise you that you’re in for the time of your life. Here are practicalities you should know when moving to Berlin. The First Steps of Moving to Berlin Step 1 | Make Your Appointments (… way ahead of time) Some nationalities need a visa before travel, while other nationalities can convert their permit in-country. If you’re eligible to apply upon arrival, here are a few things to consider before even moving to Berlin. Book your Appointments at the Buergeramt and Ausländerbehörde: Within 14 days of arrival, you’re supposed to register your place […]

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Amazon Prime Benefits Now Include Free Two-Hour Delivery From Whole Foods

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Amazon Prime members in four U.S. cities can order groceries from Whole Foods through the company’s two-hour delivery service, Prime Now. As of now, speedy Whole Foods delivery will grace the cities of Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, with plans to expand nationwide this year according to reports that surfaced late last week. Up until now, […]

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Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


Travelfish

An opinionated restaurant, entertainment and eating out travel guide for Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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Things To Do in Marrakech

by Sean @ Venturists

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Marrakech is an African destination on many people’s travel bucket list. And for good reason. From wandering through the old walled city, world class shopping, to exploring the exotic food, to seaside side trips, Marrakech has something to offer everyone. We recently spent a month in “The Red City” and compiled our list of things […]

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A Tour of the United Kingdom in Cakes and Biscuits

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

No journey to the UK is complete without a slice of cake or a nibble on a biscuit. We take you from Scotland to the south of England, listing their well-known and less commonly known tea-time treats.

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Watermelon Orange and Onion Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

by Jen @ Venturists

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Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling […]

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Phorrito Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  My husband and I were both skeptical, but for the sake of pho, we went to try the phorrito at Komodo in Los Angeles. It was December 2016, a couple days before Christmas. I posted a photo of myself eating the unusual noodle soup wrap on Instagram. There was curiosity, some disbelief, and a...

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Exploring Parma – A Culinary Road Trip

by Sean @ Venturists

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Anyone familiar with Italy knows that Parma is a foodie mecca. The region is well-known as the home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham). The city of Parma has also recently been named a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO, further highlighting the region (and the city) as a food destination. So, […]

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Street Food Tours

by stickyrice @ Street Food Tours

NEWS Don't forget to follow us on twitter at @streeteatshanoi and check out our Hanoi Street Food Tours blog - scroll down for the latest news there. The food available in Hanoi's narrow alleys and tree-lined boulevards is just as much a part of the city as its lakes and...

A Love Letter From a Woman to Her Jungle

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  When I touched you today it felt like the first time like the first time I touched you. And when I saw you I saw you more beautiful than I forgot to remember you.     No mildew of old stories no residues of past pains no expectations or plans. Just you and I […]

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Northern Thailand off the tourist trail

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

The northern region of Thailand differs considerably from the rest of the country, both in climate and geography as well as culturally and linguistically. An area with hill tribes, green mountains, rivers and waterfalls, often set against a backdrop of swirling mists and fog. It is an area that is perfect for the more adventurous […]

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TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS Hanoi is an active city. There are countless places to see, from the classics to the new sites. But here Hanoi Local Experience would like to recommend some places for some quality quiet time, with 13 must-visit museums in Hanoi. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi‘s museums, we have some suggestions for you down here. FOR CULTURE, ART AND DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS  Vietnam Museum of Ethnology As known the city’s best informative and resourceful museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers visitors offers an insight into 54 ethnic groups of […]

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Ajarian Khachapuri – Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread

by Jen @ Venturists

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New visitors to the Country of Georgia will quickly discover that the people of this region have a vast love of bread and cheese. Restaurant menus are loaded with several kinds of fresh baked bread, with he most popular stuffed with cheese. We sampled all kinds during our visit to the Caucasus country, and found […]

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10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Mid-February marks Vietnam’s most important date – Tet, the New Year’s period. It can be hard getting accurate insider information about Tet celebrations and what happens across the nation during its most festive period. It can be hard figuring out if Tet is a good time to visit Vietnam. Knowing what we know about Tet,

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3 Reasons You’ll Love ‘Eat Local in Barcelona: A Guide to Catalan Cuisine’

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Eat Local in Barcelona: A Guide to Catalan Cuisine Have you ever arrived at your dream destination super-excited to dive into the local cuisine only to realize you have no idea where to start? That was me in Venice in 2013, a city notorious for its tourist traps. I arrived without a plan then spent the […]

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When the Jungle Burned Me

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  (Read Part One: A Return to the Wild)   My first two days back in the jungle were blissfully easy.   While I felt trepidation as I left Seattle, uncertain how Puerto Viejo may have changed or how I might see it through my new eyes, it actually felt so much better than when […]

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Manly’s Inflatable Boat Race Is Coming Back

Manly’s Inflatable Boat Race Is Coming Back

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

If you need a little summer-style pick me up, we just found one. The Manly Inflatable Boat Race is headed back to Sydney for its 14th year and it’ll combine your love of inflatables, the beach and #winning. Like we said, this race has been around for many long years but, let’s be real, inflatables got three million times cuter in recent years (cheers Sunnylife) and that means this race has too. 

The rules are pretty simple really. Register, buy an inflatable and then dress in your most wild dress up outfit—that last one’s just for us. The race will start at Shelly Beach and it’s only one-kilometre-long, but now that we think about it, that is a pretty long way when your battling against wind, water and thousands of inflatables. 

There’ll be prizes for first and last over the line (shotgun the latter) and all of the proceeds will be donated to Tour De Cure – Riding to Cure Cancer. 

The race will finish up with a sausage sizzle at Hotel Steyne and what we’re trying to say is it’ll be fun and you have no excuses for missing it. Head here to register. 

The Details

What: Manly Inflatable Boat Race When: Sunday 25 February Where: Shelly Beach, Manly Cost: $55 – $60

Here are even more things happening in Sydney this month. 

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The Vietnamese Dishes Eaten By the Rich and Famous

by Peter Cowan @ HOTTABLE

If a $6 dinner was good enough for a sitting US President, what do the rest of the world’s good and great eat when visiting Vietnam?

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Top 5 Foods I Ate in NYC

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’ve thought long and hard about how I was going to write about all the food I ate in New York. Should I organize it by categories? By days? For now, before I overwhelm you with all the food talk, I’m going to start on a high note with my top 5 favorite things I ate in New York City. Oh New York – why is the food so good there?! Seriously, I ate some of the best food OF...



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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Eating Hanoi!

Eating Hanoi!


Eating Hanoi!

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Eating All the Food in Hanoi (And Another Street Food Tour!) - Trailing Rachel

Eating All the Food in Hanoi (And Another Street Food Tour!) - Trailing Rachel


Trailing Rachel

Hanoi’s food scene was everything I’d expected it to be. I tried SO much new stuff in the week that I was there. Though with how crazy plentiful the street food is, the lack of sidewalk space to maneuver around on, and the absolute chaos of motorbikes zipping by, it can be a little overwhelming to decide what your next meal will be. So the solution is simple: eat all the food in Hanoi. Of course, I’m exaggerating. But really, what you should do is try everything you see that looks good (or smells good – literally, sometimes we just followed delicious smells to find the snacks we wanted). You’re never too full for another spring roll, or banh mi… or egg coffee. The best food I’ve had so far has been on the street or at a small place that specializes in only a few or maybe even just one dish. Don’t, just don’t enter a proper restaurant with closed doors or a man out front waving a menu and yelling at you. A big thanks to Anna at Slightly Astray for providing me with what turned out to be a pocket guide (more like a Bible, really) to the food in Hanoi, both in …

Colorado’s Milkshake IPAs Sweeten Up The Craft Beer Scene

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Milkshake IPAs may not sound like a beer genre you’d gravitate towards, but this new craft style out of Colorado successfully straddles both worlds. Grab a long straw (if you have to), because this marvel of chemistry just might be here to stay. What is a milkshake IPA exactly? It’s a beer brewed with milkshake flavors like chocolate, vanilla and […]

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How to Fly Cathay Pacific First Class With Miles

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

It’s been a long time dream of mine to have that ultimate luxury first-class experience. Many airlines these days are offering a fabulous first class product. Cathay Pacific First Class is considered among the best. When I found myself with the opportunity to fly from Miami to Singapore first class on this airline USING MILES, you know I jumped at the opportunity. Like literally, I jumped up and down on my bed for at least ten minutes. I bet you are wondering how I managed this?  I will spill my secrets for how I got to fly Cathay Pacific First Class and Business Class using miles.   Using Airline Points I am an avid American Airlines loyalist and have been using their Advantage mileage program for ages. In my efforts to build massive amounts of miles, I almost exclusively use credit cards associated with Advantage such as the CitiBank credit cards. Over the past few years, I have opened and closed a few different ones, but the one that really blasted me with those marvelous miles was the Citi Executive Card. At the time they offered a 75,000 mile bonus if you spent 7500 in the first 3 months. Right now the bonus is only 50,000 miles and at one point it was 100,000 miles so keep an eye on it! At the time of publication, there is an amazing limited time offer to get 60,000 miles bonus on the Citibank Platinum Card. This card has an annual fee of $95 that is waived the first year. If I didn’t already have this card I would jump on it!. The bonus is usually only 30,000 miles! You have to spend $3000 in 3 months to get this bonus. Do it people! Spending the money necessary was not so hard to do, so I got my awesome bonus, kept the card for the first year while the interest was still zero, then canceled it. I liked the card, but I didn’t want to continue to pay the $450 annual fee. It was worth it in the first year because I had Admirals Club membership, and 10,000 miles applied toward elite status. Also that $450 paid for itself when I landed an award seat worth over $15,000!  Getting the credit card award is only one of the strategies I use to obtain miles but that 75,000 was all I needed for my ultimate goal…to fly long distance in some pimpin’ first cast cabin. For more details on how to accrue miles and spend enough money to get the bonus, read more: Beginner’s Guide to Flying Free How to Actually Book Once You Have The Miles When you book with an American Airlines partner (with the exception of British Airlines), you cannot do this online and must call. Yes, you have to actually talk with someone in the Advantage program and they are actually quite nice. An alternative that sometimes works is to look on the British Airways website and see what’s available for the route you want on their partners (Cathay Pacific being one of these). If you see an award seat available, good chances that you can get it by calling American. This is a clumsy process and I wish American would allow you to book with partners more seamlessly. Not to mention that I had seen a Qatar Airways award seat available but when I called to book, it was not. I knew that several of their luxury partners flew to Singapore so I called to see what was available. I was very flexible with my dates, which helps, and I called almost a year in advance. I’ve heard that to secure these ultra hard to get seats, you need to book either super early or last minute to have the best chance.  What they offer truly changes day by day, one of the great mysteries of the airline industry. I booked this flight in March of 2016 for Feb of 2017. Yes, I’m that crazy. I’m like a dog with a bone once I get an idea in my head. I simply called the Advantage number (it’s on my speed dial, right after my parents) and told them where I wanted to go and that I wanted first class. They gave me the choice of Cathay Pacific, an airline I knew to be fabulous, so I said yes, yes, yes!!! My Flight I happened to get a flight from Miami to Chicago(this domestic leg on AA), Chicago to Hong Kong (Cathay’s Hub) and then Hong Kong to Singapore. For this review, I will focus on the Chicago to Hong Kong leg since that’s the most significant one. This flight is over 15 hours, one of the longest flights one can take and that give you ample time to enjoy this airline. The special treatment starts at check-in. The first class check-in has virtually no line and your luggage is tagged with priority tags so that it will be removed first. These two things alone thrill me. You also are the first to board the airline. When you board, an attendant walks you to your seat which is to the left of the entrance, in the front of the plane. It is delightfully quiet with no other boarding passengers walking past.  The Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 has 6 first class seats, one of the smallest in existence. It is a 1-1-1 formation and feels incredibly private and peaceful.  I had seat 1A by the window. The “Suite” It is a huge seat with 3 windows which allows you plenty of light should you want it. The suite has no door but still feels enclosed and private. There is a tiny closet to hang a jacket and a large cabinet to place any loose items you want on hand. There is an ottoman opposite the main seat which can be converted into a seat for a companion. They can even extend the dining table to accommodate said companion (if you have one) for meals. Otherwise, you just put your legs there. Complimentary bose headsets are available until landing. There is a 15-inch television screen with a touchscreen entertainment system which can be adjusted after takeoff but is easy to watch in the current position. You are introduced to your personal attendant for the flight.  I had a lovely Filipina woman who I adored. She was very happy to take my photo doing ridiculous things that I probably should have been embarrassed about. She also encouraged me to drink too much wine! You are offered Krug champagne before take-off and given a little introduction to the menu. They provide a care package (my words, not theirs) with toiletries, an eye mask, ear plugs, toothbrush, slippers and Aesop products. You are also provided with very well-made pajamas of the softest material ever. Plus you can kee them! Lunch I kind of wanted to order everything but alas, I am a tiny person. There are both western and Chinese meals available. The caviar starter, served properly in its tin with blinis and creme fraiche is something you want to stay awake for. For lunch, I chose the spiced black cod with coconut lentils If you still have room between the main course and dessert you can get a cheese course. I had an impromptu flight of wine with mine. As I do. My attendant seemed to be trying to get me drunk. She kept offering me more wine when I was clearly inebriated already. I couldn’t even finish the glass I had in front of me, but she insisted I have to try the French Chablis. How does one say no? She also refused to let me skip dessert. It’s like traveling with your ethnic grandmother. Of course, I made room for the orange curd souffle and dulce de leche ice cream. The Bed Needless to say, after the huge meal and all the booze, I was ready for sleep and those pajamas were calling my name.  I went to the lavatory to change while they prepared my bed. You actually get a real pillow and warm fluffy blanket. Of course I took a photo. How could I not? Your seat transforms into one of the widest fully flat beds in the sky, with a thick mattress and 500-thread-count cotton duvets, pillows, and cushions. Your sleepsuit, eyeshade, and soft slippers, tailored with touches of modern Chinese styling, are made with 100% organic cotton and designed by PYE, a quality Hong Kong brand. The women’s toiletry case include a variety of creams, including hand balm, facial hydrating cream and lip balm. I  slept for 8 hours (I try to get on the schedule of the place I’m going before I get there…if that makes sense).  When I woke it was time for”dinner” (it felt like it should have been breakfast but because of the time change, I guess it was dinner time). I had the chicken with the mushroom ragout. The chocolate pralines came in a cute little box kind of like a special gift. The Hong Kong Lounge The first class service doesn’t end with the flight. If you are lucky enough to have a layover in Hong Kong, Cathay’s hub, you have access to a world-class lounge. This is available for both first and business class customers but amenities are different for each. There is a noodle bar and for first class only…a champagne bar. As if that isn’t exciting enough (I can never have too much champagne), they have shower cabanas. They are spacious and have those delightful Aesop products. There’s nothing better than feeling refreshed after a long flight and then chillaxing with champagne while waiting for another flight. At this point I had no idea what time or day it was after over 15 hours of travel and a 12 hours time difference. Nor did I care, since I was having such a great time! My next flight was between HK and Singapore and was really nice, but sadly undocumented, probably because I was sleeping. Cathay Pacific Business Class On the way back from Hong Kong to Miami,  I was only able to get Business Class. I say that like it’s a bad thing but it was pretty darn awesome as well. It ended up “costing” me the same amount of miles…actually a bit more at 70,000 miles. Each way the fees were around $30. Again, this is one of the mysteries of the airline industry. I don’t understand how I only needed 67,500 miles for first class. If anyone knows, please enlighten me! It was interesting to be able to compare. One marked difference was upon entrance to the airline since you don’t get to go to the quiet private front of the plane but instead turn to the right like everybody else. Am I doing a good job of sounding obnoxiously snobby?  I hope you know me by now people. I’m poking fun at this whole experience but I just wanted to point out the differences. The cabin was very large and very empty! Clearly, there is great availability last minute for these seats! The configuration in this cabin is 1-2-1. The window seat is clearly the better option if you are travling alone. If you are with a companion the middle seat is nice so you can converse with a partner but it is still private enough that it’s not awkward with a stranger. The remote control, lights and bose headsets in the cabin are pretty much the same as in first class. The seat is notably smaller but still comfortable. They also provide a toiletry kit but a smaller one with a different brand of products. Meals The menu is slightly less gourmet than in first class, but still pretty swanky. I had the smoked halibut and roasted pumpkin as a starter, followed by the pasta with zucchini sauce. It was delicious. You are very well fed on this flight with three courses plus dessert. I can’t believe I was hungry enough to have a snack. Maybe it was because I was forcing myself to stay awake and watch movies so that I could more easily adjust to the time back in the United States…maybe it was because I just wanted to eat everything they had? English Tea was available as a snack. I can’t resist those little sandwiches and scones. After crying my eyes out watching every sad dramatic Oscar contender movie, I passed out from the carb coma and emotional exhaustion. Eventually, it was time for “breakfast” (I use this term loosely because with the time change and long flight, I have no idea what meal I’m eating). I decided to try the Chinese breakfast. While it was fun to have dim sum on a plane, I have definitely had better. Transfer to American Airlines Business Class Upon entry to the United States in Los Angeles,  I transferred to a domestic American Airlines flight back to Miami. Sadly they had to give me economy since I made a last minute date change. However, when I checked in I explained to them that I had flown business the entire way until now and could they please upgrade me if there was space. I must have looked tired and pathetic because they were extremely nice about this and upgraded me right away! The American Airlines 777 is the same plane I had just been on with a different paint job. The service wasn’t quite a nice as with Cathay but the business seat was exactly the same. I found myself right at home. LA to MIA is 5 hours so I was happy to be in comfort, especially after 2 days of travel! I can honestly say I didn’t want these flights to end. How amazing to lounge in comfort with endless amounts of movies, wine and food. I would fly every week if it was on this airline. I can’t say enough good things about Cathay Pacific now that I have flown First Class, Business and although I didn’t write about it, I had an excellent experience a few years ago flying economy. Definitely, make it a goal to use miles like I did and get this round trip luxury experience for under $60! At 67,500 miles for a one-way first class seat, this is one of the best deals in the airline industry! Pin it!  

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6 Things You Absolutely Must Eat This Lunar New Year

6 Things You Absolutely Must Eat This Lunar New Year

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI it’s the Year of the Dog and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate 2018 and eat alllllll the best new food in town. Come 15 February, it’s the start of Lunar New Year festivities in Sydney and we’ll be following the good fortune ribbon to The Star to eat ourselves into a complete food coma.

There’ll be aerialists, lion dancers, ribbon dancers, a wishing tree (so you can guarantee yourself good luck and prosperity for 2018) and food, glorious food. Here are the 6 things you absolutely must eat this Lunar New Year.

#1 Stir Fried Pacific Clams in XO Sauce

Fact: Beyoncé loves XO and so do we. Clams with XO sauce are one of the most popular things on China’s menu and for good reason. A fancy take on your everyday stir-fry, this dish is super salty with just the right amount of spice.

#2 Congee

What is congee, we hear you ask? Think savoury rice porridge that’s surprisingly delicious. If you haven’t tried it, you need to. There’s never been a better time than now.

#3 Salmon Yu Sheng Salad                                                         

Believe it or not, this raw salmon salad with pickled beetroot dressing is considered to be particularly lucky. A combination of shredded vegetables, pickled ginger and (you guessed it) salmon, apparently the higher you toss it, the more luck you’ll have.

#4 Pan Fried Pork & Shrimp Dumplings With Szechuan Chilli Sauce

No explanation needed.

#5 Crispy Whole Barramundi

According to LNY traditions, nothing screams wealth like a crispy whole barramundi. Paired with golden pumpkin sauce and stir-fried mushrooms, this super fresh and tasty dish is the absolute bee’s knees and there's no way you could ever regret it.

#6 Wok Tossed Shanghainese “Nian Gao”

“Nian Gao” translates to sticky fried rice cakes (read: totally drool-worthy). Wok tossed with spinach gravy, this dish is made especially for Lunar New Year and is said to set you soaring high for the next 12 months.

You can find these 6 dishes at Fat Noodle and Food Quarter at The Star Sydney from 1 February to 4 March. If you want to try one of everything (guilty), book yourself into Harvest Buffet, STAT.

Editor's Note: This article was produced in partnership with The Star Sydney. To find out more about who we work with (and why!), read our editorial policy here

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Sister photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur

by Anna @ slightly astray

When my sister came to visit me in Malaysia back in June, I wanted to plan something special that will make her visit memorable. Like I’ve said before, photos are the best souvenirs, so I asked a local photographer in Kuala Lumpur (meet James in this post!) to take some shots of us. I had also planned on leaving Malaysia shortly after my sister’s visit. KL has been a very special place to me for the past year. I had...



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A Day in Split, Croatia: Beyond Diocletian’s Palace

by Jen @ Venturists

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Split sits on the Adriatic coast in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. We tried to explore most of this beautiful seaside destination on foot. Winding our way through its narrow streets, we gazed at the massive limestone rocks that were installed by slave labor as early as 284 AD. On foot we could explore the corners where countless battles were fought, both […]

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Vietnamese Foods That Expats Don’t Understand

by Peter Cowan @ HOTTABLE

Vietnam has lots of weird and wonderful food, some of it a bit strange to foreigners. From chicken feet to boiling everything, we look at local food expats dislike.

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Guide Ho Chi Minh city tour full day

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Ho Chi Minh city is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with full of motorbikes and people. So glad for your choice to visit by “Sai Gon” (the formal name of HCMC) for one day. If it is your first time coming to Vietnam, there are such great and interesting things that give your ...

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Offbeat Trekking in Kyrgyzstan: Jyrgalan Boz Uchuk Lakes Trek, A Beginner’s Guide

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

With over 90% of its territory covered in mountains, Kyrgyzstan has no shortage of treks filled with stunning landscapes, alpine lakes, shepherds, yurts and a feeling of being very far out, immersed in nature. It's why we often recommend Kyrgyzstan to travelers interested in trekking with a taste of the offbeat. Our recent trek of […]

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Ultimate Traveler Gift Guide

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

After over ten years of round-the-world travel we've learned a few things about what works and what doesn't when it comes to travel gear. So, we've put together some of our favorite travel gear into this gift guide for adventure travelers. If you're looking to buy something for an adventurous or curious traveler in your […]

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Whatever Happened To Shrimp Scampi?

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Shrimp scampi is the undisputed king of seafood pasta dishes, and deserves all the room in your stomach. But is it just us, or are we seeing the disappearance of this simple shellfish perfection from Italian menus? Once a reliable staple of red-and-white checkered tablecloth joints famous for chicken parmesan and fettuccine alfredo, this dish of shrimp, lemon, garlic, shellfish […]

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Dining on a dime: Find out the cost of food in Vietnam

Dining on a dime: Find out the cost of food in Vietnam


InsideVietnam Blog

Vietnamese food is delicious and scandalously cheap, but just how much should you expect to spend? Violet investigates the cost of food in Vietnam.

Hanoi street food tour, Vietnam | Audley Travel

Hanoi street food tour, Vietnam | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

Enjoy Hanoi street food tour as part of your tailor-made holiday to Vietnam. Get in touch with one of Audley's specialists to start planning your perfect trip

The Beaches in Dhërmi, Albania are Amazing!

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Wait… Albania? Easily one of my favorite experiences from the past year and a half was an impromptu trip to the Balkans at the end of the summer. When Western Europe was getting a little harsh on the budget and same-y, the Eastern Bloc countries with their unpretentious vibes and complicated history provided a much-needed reprieve. Especially Albania. There’s incredible scenery, great hospitality, an interesting mix of Islam and Christianity, shockingly good food, and uhhh Albanian beaches are like whoa. At the risk of sounding cheesy and all “I’m out here finding myself,” have you ever been somewhere you just felt instantly comfortable and at ease? That’s how I felt in the little coastal village of Dhërmi. Like I’d returned to a past life. Okay, now we’re getting really heavy. I’ll stop. It was so calm and stunningly gorgeous, and the people were so welcoming and friendly that I genuinely felt like I could just stay there. I’d read, I’d sit on the beach, I’d learn to make sheep’s cheese and bread from the lady who owned the small hotel where we stayed. All that is to say… I’ll have to return. It was the epitome of laid back. And that’s probably due to the fact […]

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Coron: Drinking and Diving in the Philippines

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

See what I did there, with the title? Hilarious right? Sometimes I hate myself… We left off as I made it onto a seven-hour ferry from El Nido to Coron in the nick of time… while suffering from a mild hangover due to the prior evening’s birthday festivities. So actually, it wasn’t that bad. Yeah we were packed in there, but there was also plenty of room to sit and read outside, rest my head on a pile of life jackets functioning as a makeshift pillow, and (surprise!) lunch was included. It was a beautiful – and calm, thank god – day out on the ocean. Gotta love spending your birthday in transit! But OH Coron, you were worth it. And I spent my birthday in luxury – because $90 a night in the Philippines will buy you quite a bit of luxury – with a king size bed, hot shower, and HBO Movies on TV. I mean I still didn’t have wifi, but ya win some, ya lose some, right?! I decided to treat myself to two nights in a real hotel with a pool and breakfast included. And then I did what everybody comes to Coron to do… ^ Take this picture.^ […]

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Winter Wonderland in Jackson Hole

Winter Wonderland in Jackson Hole

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

You may remember from last fall that I spend time with family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming a few times a year. We always go for Christmas and so do my extended family. It’s such a fun week! Before Atlanta warms up too much {let’s be honest, warm up now please!}, I wanted to take the time to share photos from the week. Plus I saw that Wyoming got more snow over the last few days! Here’s photos from the winter wonderland in Jackson Hole over Christmas: Some of my family skis and some of my family snowboards but we always head down the hill together! We had multiple feet of snow within 24 hours so the fresh powder on the mountain was amazing. On a day off from skiing and snowboarding, my mom, sister and I walked around town. We popped into Persephone Bakery for hot chocolate and peppermint lattes. […]

Best budget eats in Hanoi

Best budget eats in Hanoi


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In honour of Hanoi's 1000th birthday this week, Rosie Birkett savours the flavours in the Vietnamese capital's best canteens and street kitchens

What I’ve Learned From Four Years Without Sex

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

When people discover that I’ve been celibate for the past four years they always ask me if it’s by choice.   They must be trying to figure out if I’m a) totally repressed (by choice) or b) totally undesirable (not by choice)   And I don’t exactly know how to answer, because I’m neither… and […]

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How to plan a family vacation – a step-by-step guide, with tips and checklist

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Traveling with kids – it’s hard, but it’s worth it. Depending on the age of your offspring, the challenges vary, but as parents and travel experts, we have some insights on how to streamline a family vacation. To share the things we’ve learned through years of experience planning – and taking – family trips in

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Up in the Air, Down to Earth: Our 2016 Travel Year in Review

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

When 2016 first began, I imagined it to be a relatively quiet year for us, at least in terms of travel. However, in these final flickers and embers, I peer back in reflection over our Instagram feed and photo stream and am struck by breadth and depth in turns that we've known over these last […]

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What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide


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Wondering what to eat in Hanoi Vietnam? Our Hanoi food guide has the best spots to eat and drink in the wonderfully chaotic Vietnamese city.

Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce) was one of our favorite dishes while traveling in Spain. It was served as one of many selections of tapas, or small plates, served in restaurants and designed to be shared with friends. The smell of garlic filled the air when waiters rushed by with sizzling plates of […]

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Hanoi’s Pavement Food Culture: Pro Tips for Digging In - Travel4FoodFun.com

Hanoi’s Pavement Food Culture: Pro Tips for Digging In - Travel4FoodFun.com


Travel & Food Adventures - Travel4FoodFun

A few weeks ago, I had a friend ask me for advice on planning his week-long visit to Hanoi, a place I’ve called my home for over three years. After pulling together his list of must-see spots from the rounds on Google, he had a few extra days to spare and asked for my “local opinion” on what else would …

My 2017 Travel Recap – Month by Month

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Oh man, I think I’ve missed the whole New Year’s resolution and recap-of-the-past-year blog post bandwagon. But just for giggles, I’m gonna try it. Since I’ve been so slack giving you the latest on my life, here’s what I got up to this year… 2017 was all about making that change from full-time, carefree, backpacker-style traveling to freelancing. That meant camping, housesitting, and having our own car and (at times) our own temporary home. It came with some struggles and rough edges, and it was not always as pretty as these photos entail. But the flexibility to live in a different country every other month is just incredible. Destination wise, while it was awesome and beautiful, I found that New Zealand isn’t my most favorite travel destination in the world, that I’m still in love with Southeast Asia, that Portugal is really all it’s cracked up to be, and that it’s still good to go home occasionally. January Marko and I rang in the New Year sending off a paper lantern into the unbelievably beautiful night sky of Chiang Mai, Thailand surrounded by tons of other glowing lanterns. We ate great tons of khao soi and fried chicken, joined a […]

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Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog

Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

One of the fastest ways to ruin a vacation is by falling sick! Here are some great tips on how to stay healthy during your time in Vietnam.

Travel Advisors: A Behind The Scenes Look

Travel Advisors: A Behind The Scenes Look

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Hi everyone! I’m here to explain why I’ve been so MIA the last 3+ months and to fill you in on what’s been happening with me in Atlanta. As some of you may know, I moved to Atlanta last October without a job, and only a faint idea of what I wanted to do for my career: social media/marketing or something in the travel industry. I didn’t have a very clear idea of where my life was about to take me. Thankfully, after two months applying to every job I could find, I began researching what travel advisors do in today’s day and age. This is the vision I had in my head: travel advisors sitting in their respective cubicles staring at their computers all day, every day. The career didn’t appeal to me but I had hit a dead-end in my job search. I interviewed with two agencies and […]

Dating back to origin of mixed dishes in Hanoi

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1. Sour rice noodle Starting from a famous specialty in Cao Bang Province, the sour rice noodle becomes so familiar with Hanoi people. Like other mixed dishes, this kind of food is attractive because of the first look with deep fried potatoes, fried pork liver, pieces of sliced bacon, crunchy roasted duck, cucumber pieces, lettuce, ...

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Vietnamese grilled bamboo stick pork with Vermicelli – ancient taste of Hanoians

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Many people find it hard to resist the attractive savor of the sizzling pork strips grilled by charcoal. As soon as the pork strips are cooked, they will be put immediately into the prepared dipping sauce, served with a plate of Vermicelli and a basket of vegetables. Generations of Hanoi’s residents have been familiar with ...

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Things to do in Bandung Indonesia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Cover photo by Ana Espino If you’ve never heard of Bandung, Indonesia, you have been missing out. With its volcanoes, hot springs, stunning natural beauty, and bargain shopping, Bandung has lots to offer every visitor. Here are a list of top things to do in Bandung that might just get you packing your bags. A […]

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Perfect Italian Meatballs

by Jen @ Venturists

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There’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. The real secret for moist, […]

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Travel with Ideal Escapes to enjoy your own way

by streetfood @ Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

You’re looking for your own travel that meets your passion. Here we have Ideal Escapes that helps people choose their holiday not depending only by destination , but also regarding their needs. NO worries, Ideal Escapes have always tours, accommodations available online you can choose your customized trip at everywhere. We spread widely around the world, from the ...

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Let Alexa’s Gordon Ramsay Feature Ruin Your Meal

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Have you ever watched one of Gordon Ramsay’s acclaimed cooking shows and thought “man, I wish he’d scream at my risotto?” Good news! From the people who brought you such voice-activated entertainment experiences as “Biden’s Briefing” and “Sounds Fun with Mike Epps,” comes “Gordon Ramsay.” The program brings the distinct personality of the Hell’s Kitchen host right […]

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Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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Real Vietnamese Cooking – 850,000vnd

by estaff @ Hanoi Cooking Class

Real Vietnamese Cooking is a culinary voyage through this unique and vibrant country. Using traditional cooking techniques to recreate local dishes and classic favourites at home, as well as lush photography and fascinating personal insights into the intricacies of the country’s rich culture, this book is your authoritative guide to Vietnamese cuisine. The recipes draw on the three main culinary regions of the country: the hearty food of the North, the imperial cuisine from the Centre, and the sweeter and spicier food from the tropical South. From classic Vietnamese fare such as Beef noodle soup (Pho Bo), Spring rolls (Nem) and Banana flower salad, as well as lesser-known recipes such as Caramel fish with galangal or Artichoke and pork rib soup, these recipes will delight and inspire lovers of Vietnamese cooking. Published in May 2014.

Go Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai Old City, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Many people who visit Chiang Mai do bucket-list-worthy activities like visiting an elephant sanctuary or attending the Yee Peng or Songkran festivals. But there's a lot you can do within the Old City as well, less epic but equally memorable things like cafe hopping or conversing with monks.

Bulgarian Meatball Soup – Supa Topcheta

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Supa Topcheta, or Bulgarian Meatball Soup, is a favorite traditional dish and comfort food at its best. The hearty soup is filled with vegetables and meatballs made with a combination of pork and beef. Then it’s thickened with egg yolks and Greek yogurt spiked with fresh lemon juice. The resulting soup is creamy without being overly heavy. […]

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Visiting David Gareja – Best Day Trip from Tbilisi, Georgia

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David Gareja is a cave monastery near Tbilisi, Georgia. We visited similar sites during a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see this one. Particularly since it was so close, and that there is now a shuttle bus that travels there every day. According to their website, the bus leaves […]

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Spiced Persimmon and Ginger Muffin Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

My parents adore bargains, especially the ones at their local Salvation Army on Wednesdays, when seniors receive a 25 percent discount. On October 12, 2016, they scored a charming set of English Royal Wessex Red Willow dishes for about $22 (discounted from the original $29.50). They bought it with the intention of gifting it to...

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20 Things Only Parsley Haters Understand

20 Things Only Parsley Haters Understand

by Anna May @ The A List | The Urban List

Coriander haters are a privileged bunch.

Everyone understands, or at least sympathises with their detest for the food. They have their own Facebook group dedicated to their common hatred. But what about the rest of us that shudder at the mere thought of a rogue sprig of slutty parsley in our food, or worse, mouth? Where’s our political campaign to ban a piece of greenery? Not anywhere I can see right now from my comfortable spot on the couch, that’s for sure.

Sing it with me, fellow parsley haters. You know the tune.

Parsley is disgusting. It’s coriander’s bitchier, more hideous sister. She is often overlooked, but don’t let her fool you.

As a direct result, you strongly believe that ALL garnishes should be listed on menus.

Because you’ve lost count of the times when you’ve ordered a seemingly delicious dish and been met with a forest of parsley on top. Why didn’t you just sneeze on it, mate?

You’ve taken to telling people you’re allergic to it, just to ensure none of it ends up in or around your mouth.

Nothing upsets you more than biting into an innocent-looking salad and then realising those leaves were actually parsley.

And then you realise they’re all chopped up and thrown throughout your lunch because some selfish, careless hooligan went all Parsley Bae when making it.

Drunken kebabs are a minefield when it comes to the risk of tabbouleh.

“Why don’t you just pick it off?” BECAUSE I CAN STILL TASTE THE POISON, SUSAN.

The world understands, nay, sympathises with coriander haters. But parsley haters are met with confusion.

“What do you mean? It’s tasteless!” they will cry, speaking a language of the perpetually wrong.

“No, Grandma, it tastes like old grass, with notes of ruining my day”, you scream before storming out of the retirement home.

You’re considering adding “well-versed in the ability to tell flat-leaf parsley from coriander” on your CV.

You’ve reported at least five people on Instagram for posting otherwise delicious dishes that are topped with pars-*pauses to gag*-ley.

Speaking of which, you’ve seriously considered writing a strongly-worded letter to Woolies to inform them that a sprig of parsley on the steaks in their butcher counter doesn’t make them any more appealing.

Your Bumble profile specifically states that anyone who enjoys the P-Monster should immediately swipe left and then enter therapy.

You’re aware that there’s a Parsley Bay in Sydney. And you boycott it. For good reason.

People always tell you that chewing on parsley can freshen your breath.

But you tell them you’d rather smell like Hagrid’s toe cheese that chew on it like some commoner.

Green juices are mostly off limits. For many reasons, but mostly because parsley is green and it’s too much of a risk.

Remember Lurleen Lumpkin from The Simpsons? The country singer Homer manages? Whenever someone questions your hatred for parsley, think of her song, ‘No-one Understands You, But I Do’, and remember this article. Parsley haters unite.

Hate coriander too? Then, you'll love this

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61 Simple and Cheap (or Completely Free!) Bucket List Ideas

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

A bucket list goal doesn't always have to be expensive and time consuming. Sometimes it can be simple and cheap (or completely free!). Don't worry, easy doesn't mean boring, these budget goals can be just as fun as a larger one and more easily achievable. 61 Simple and Cheap (or Completely Free!) Bucket List [...]

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Savannah Bucket List: 44 Fun Things To Georgia’s Historic City

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Fun things to do in Savannah, Ga—What to see, places to eat and things to check off your bucket list in Georgia's top city.

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What is a Dassie?

by Jen @ Venturists

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It looks like an over-sized guinea pig but the “dassie” is actually more closely related to the elephant. Say what?!? We knew we’d encounter amazing wildlife while traveling in South Africa, but when we learned this interesting fact about the “dassie” we were all the more curious. Dassies, or Rock hyrax, have enlarged front teeth, like […]

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Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

The universe is going absolutely apesh*t this week, and we don’t blame it. Did you happen to see that Super Blue Blood Moon last week? Yeah, it’s getting a lil weird up in here.

You may be feeling moody, romantic, energetic or all of the above. It’s all the Stars’ fault, so you just have to deal with it. Here’s what your horoscope has in store for you this week.

Aries

The first week of February has you feeling pretty cheeky, Aries, and you should WERK. IT. Use this attitude to your advantage and get shit done. Set up a Tinder date and don’t cancel, commit to a work deadline (for once) and feed your cat. You’re doing great, sweetie.

Taurus

This is your week to embrace Rihanna's words and work, work, work, work, work. Get the point? Keep your eye on the prize and get shit done. Make that cash monnnaayyy.

Gemini

You’re turning up the heat, Gems! Feeling a little saucy, are we? Ow, owww. Your focus is on romance and travel this week, so why don’t you plan a little trip with your lover and hit the road. Spice things up a bit, eh?

Cancer

Feeling a little all over the place, Cancer? Aw, it’s all good. Just write out down your priorities for the week and take a little ‘me’ time. But don’t totallyyyy cut yourself off, we wanna hang out!  

Leo

The Cosmos think this is going to be a love-filled week for you. LUCKY YOU. If you’ve been thinking about taking your relationship to the next level, now’s the time to do it. So why not look into where to find some new lingerie and get freakyyy.  

Virgo

Oi! Calm down, Virgo. What has your pants in a ruffle this week? Whatever it is, why don’t you put that angsty energy into something productive like taking a sweaty cycle class or telling Karen at work that her top looks nice (it’s okay to stretch the truth).  

Libra

Whoa, trim the sails! You’re feeling pretty on top of the world right now, Virgo! If you’re single, let your freak flag fly this Thursday and Friday night. If you’re in a relationship, maybe take date night to a new level *wink, wink*. This week is all about you doing you. We’ll try to keep up.  

Scorpio

The cosmos thinks you’ve been going out and having too much fun recently. Time to reel it in (their words, not ours). Enjoy a few nights in this week and catch up on Netflix. Although, we won’t stop you if can’t control this fun streak. Hey, maybe invite us out every once in a while, Scorp?

Sagittarius

Ugh, Sag you’re caught in a routine and we know you’re squirming. The Stars think you should keep at it *sigh* (but we’re here for you if you wanna let loose). Knowing you, you’ll probably defy the Stars and break free of your day-to-day work. We’ll play the demon on your shoulder and support you.

Capricorn

In the words of this year’s Hottest 100 winner, Kendrick Lamar, money trees is the perfect place for shade. And you are balliiinnnn in the green stuff this week, Cap. The Cosmos don’t think you should make it rain but rather make some investments instead. (It’ll pay off in the long run.)

Aquarius

Your energy and charisma are at its peak this week so use it wisely. Put that ambition into achieving an important goal, like eating your way through your city's best chicken wings. Duh.

Pieces

Roll up your sleeves and get shit done this week, Pieces. Soz to break it to you, but there’s no time for rest. You have deadlines to meet and Tinder dates to cancel. Take it as a positive that your boss is piling work on your desk. That means they like to think you’re really good at what you do. Grab a coffee and keep at it.

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Custom made? Yes Please! A Guide to Custom Tailoring in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is a superstar manufacturing country.  In the last several years, many multinational companies have created manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, solidifying the country’s superstar status.  The direct consequence of this is a huge reservoir of skilled and knowledgeable workers who can do everything from shoemaking, jewelry making, dress tailoring, suit…

Bun Moc

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

Bún Mọc My #1 favorite breakfast in Hanoi – maybe anywhere in Vietnam! A small bún mọc shop on the west side of Ta Hien Street, 4 or 5 doors north of the intersection with Luong Ngoc Quyen.

A Second Story (ft. Munich) | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

This post is in partnership with #SimplyMunich. I received a complimentary Munich sightseeing bus tour with Gray Line, but all opinions are my own! My approach to Munich was a bit like the Going on a Bear Hunt poem. If you can’t go over it, can’t go under it, can’t go around it, you’ve got to go through it. You see, I didn’t immediately feel a connection with Munich. It was beautiful, for sure, but it felt at first like the kind of place where you’re free to look, but not touch. There were palaces (oh the palaces!) and gothic churches. The city was littered with royal residences and the sidewalks weren’t caked with chewed gum like I’d come to expect in Berlin. There were refined restaurants and cocktail bars and designer stores that I wouldn’t dare enter in Levis. I needed another way to connect with the city that didn’t involve so much snubbing, and so I went up. Up to the second story of a sightseeing bus. While bus tours aren’t normally my scene, I’ve taken a liking to this method of exploring a city over the past few years. Rather than getting lost in a tangle of U-bahn […]

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Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!


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Pictures of a week of eating street food in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sample things like Vietnamese sticky rice, papaya salad, and famous noodle soups.

Chorizo Cheese and Egg Stuffed Potato

by Jen @ Venturists

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During a recent visit to Mexico I found my new guilty pleasure – Chorizo sausage and cheese stuffed potatoes. While my husband drooled over street tacos and grilled meat I only had eyes for the potato. So one morning I decided to turn my new obsession into brunch – that way I didn’t have to […]

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Drop Everything: Lush Just Dropped A Bunch Of New Fragrances!

Drop Everything: Lush Just Dropped A Bunch Of New Fragrances!

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

Purveyors of soaps, bath bombs, and that sleepy-time lotion that became a viral sensation, Lush are in the business of pretty things that smell nice. In keeping with that mission statement, Lush are also master perfumers and have just released a slew of new fragrances. 

The new spritzables are available in a White Label Range and a Black Label Range, totaling 26 perfumes all up. Each scent is inspired by different art, experiences, emotions or memories of the perfumers and are designed to be gender neutral.  

Besides a reputation for good-smelling things, Lush is also one of the more ethical cosmetic companies in Australia and New Zealand, with all vegetarian, cruelty-free, handmade products cluttering up their shelves, and their perfume is no different. Made using pure essential oils and mixed in small batches in Sydney you can rest easy knowing your new scent isn’t a soulless potion.

Because mass-produced fragrances are usually made using solvents, you’ll generally find yourself forking out a packet in order to get a fragrance made with proper essential oils. But in Lush’s case, you can get yourself a premium bottle of fragrance made with bona fide essential oils for a super affordable price.

And in case you hadn’t noticed, this new release of fragrances has landed just in time for Valentine’s Day. Throw in a lip scrub and a long-stemmed rose and he/she’ll be yours for life.

Unfortunately, digital platforms do not lend themselves to sharing olfactory sensations, so you’re just going to have to trust us that this is worth checking out and make sure you linger at the tester bottle. If there’s any left by the time you get there…

All Lush scents are available all year round and via their online store

If you have NFI what this sleepy lotion commotion is, check it out. Your sleep life will thank you...

Mini Crustless Quiches with Zucchini and Swiss Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Having these little mini crustless quiches around is a delicious way to make sure you have a good high protein snack ready whenever you need one. I like to pop one in the microwave in the morning or grab one for a quick lunch when I’m in a hurry. They are filling and so delicious! […]

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Hanoi’s BBQ Chicken Street

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

BBQ Chicken Street  The BEST BBQ chicken in Hanoi – maybe in the world!  Also you must order the BBQ ban mi and BBQ sweet potatoes. Everything is delicious here!  The BBQ sauce is perhaps the best you’ll ever have!  On Ly Van Phuc just off Nguyen Thai Hoc. Go all the way to the [...]

Best Pizza in Playa del Carmen – Don Chendo

by Sean @ Venturists

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When planning a trip to the beach community of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, finding the best pizza probably isn’t on the top of your priority list. But maybe it should be. There are plenty of places to find great tacos, seafood, and margaritas (I’ve included a few of my favorites at the end of the post). […]

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Croatian Food: Things to Eat and Drink in Croatia

by Sean @ Venturists

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Croatian food is as complex and varied as the many cultures that have influenced its evolution. Easily recognizable Italian, Middle Eastern and Ottoman influences intermingle with Croatia’s Balkan staples. Several distinct regions in Croatia reflect their own influences on the cuisines.The county’s long coastline gives it access to a wide range of seafood, making fish and shellfish very […]

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Hungarian Egg Noodle Dumplings – Nokedli (Spaetzle)

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Nokedli are fluffy Hungarian egg noodle dumplings that are commonly used when making one of the country’s favorite dishes, Chicken Paprikash. The dumplings are also often used in German Cuisine where they are known as “spaetzle“ or “Spätzle.” The primitive shape of these homemade Hungarian dumplings give an idea of how long they have been […]

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This is How You Protect Yourself From Getting Bumped From a Flight

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Tips from top travel advisors to help reduce your chances of being bumped from a flight.

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Listen To Food Republic Today: Esquire‘s Jeff Gordinier

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Be sure to subscribe to Food Republic Today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. And please rate the podcast and leave comments! Subscribe: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | TuneIn Esquire‘s food and drink editor, Jeff Gordinier, profiled renowned chef and restaurateur Francis Mallmann in a recent Esquire issue.  On today’s episode, Gordinier discusses his trip to Mallmann’s Patagonian island getaway, but also sheds […]

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French newspaper voted top 10 most interesting things in Vietnam

by streetfood @ Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

Tra Que village in Hoi An and cultures of ethnic minorities in the Northwest considered no less attractive than Ha long bay and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh city France’s Figaro newspaper released a list of 10 things to do when traveling to Vietnam. The first destination mentioned is Ha Long Bay which ...

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Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers

by Jen @ Venturists

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While traveling through the Yucatan area of Mexico, we found one local condiment that made most local dishes that we tried just that much better. In the Yucatan almost every taco and most sandwiches are dressed spicy pickled onions – Escabeche de Cebolla. The idea is to enhance the flavor of grilled and slow cooked meats, […]

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Georgian Spicy Beef Ribs in Ajika Sauce

by Sean @ Venturists

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We like spicy food. A lot. But, we’ve found in our travels that different places in the world have have various approaches to spiciness and heat. In Thailand or Mexico, spicy salsa or Nam Pla are always available to heat up a dish. Other cultures don’t enjoy spiciness as much as we do. We’ve even […]

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Sydney’s Best Natural Adventures

Sydney’s Best Natural Adventures

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

We hate to say it, but Sydney does have its limits (albeit nothing to do with food or wine). We’re talking about hella big adventures, guys. These bad boys require ditching the the big smoke to appreciate what Mother Nature has to offer and we promise they’re all worth the lack of WiFi. Swear.

If you’re looking to step up your coastal walk game (perhaps from a more elevated vantage point) or switch your CBD staycay for something a little more… outback-y, then you have come to the right place my friend.

Here are the best natural adventures around Sydney.

Camping In Australia’s Only Dark Sky Park 

Think stars people. And no, not the peasant spotting of Ryan’s Belt or the Southern Cross. We mean a clear (and ‘grammable), panoramic view of the entire milky way above your head. Checking in at around the six-hour drive mark north-west of the big smoke, you’ll be in prime stargazing territory within Warrumbungle National Park. And let’s be honest, camping overnight here will be the peak of your adventuring life.

Cattle Driving In Glenworth Valley

Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like. Mustering a herd of cattle on horseback mightn’t have ever been on your bucket list but the legends at Glenworth Valley have made this adventure possible for even the most uncoordinated of us (that means beginner riders are totally able to jump on board). And trust us, there’s really no other way to see 3,000 acres of untouched hinterland. Trust us. You’ll work as a team and finish off the day by kicking back and enjoying all the beer and one epic BBQ. 

Canyoning In The Grand Canyon

Okay, so it’s not the actual Grand Canyon (this one’s located in the Blue Mountains) but unlike its US counterpart, this little wilderness is not accessible by car. Try canyoning instead. Yep, this is way more exciting. For starters, entry into the canyon is via a 20-metre overhanging abseil straight into a black hole. A black hole, people. We promise you won’t be slipping into the Upside Down (Stranger Things ref. for anyone who’s been living under a rock) but you’ll sure feel like you’re in another world with the insurmountable level of moss, trickling waterfalls, lookouts and deep pools to swim through. We can also confirm you don’t have to be a pro to do this but if you’d prefer to know what you’re getting yourself into first, check out this virtual reality canyoning experience

Watch The Sunrise From Mount Kaputar

Bearing the brunt of setting that alarm clock to an ungodly hour to catch the sunrise will be well worth it once you reach the top of Mount Kaputar (sleepy eyes and all). Because a 360-degree uninterrupted view of the national park is something Google Images could never match. There and back, it’s about an hour and a half hike which is totally doable even for the strictest of city-slickers.

Take A Vintage Plane Ride Down The Coast

Grab a leather flying helmet, pull down your goggles and throw your fear of heights away. There’s only one way to see the scenic Illawarra coastline (excluding by wheels along the Grand Pacific Drive) and that’s via a Tiger Moth flight. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely airborne path across the region or you’re keen to make air hoops and take the flight through some aerobatic paces, this will be one hell of an adventure your mates will be well jealous of. Or you could just take them with you—the choice is yours.

Here is your ultimate Australia and New Zealand adventure bucket list. 

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The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog

The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog


I Like Local Blog

Hanoi is a food heaven if you are a food lover. It provides you with the opportunity to spend at least 10 days eating your way through the city without having the same meal twice. Same with the number of great restaurants and street food stalls. You can eat the best food, more often than …

Ultimate Puglia, Italy Wine Guide

by Sean @ Venturists

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We recently finished a six month tour through Italy. This was our third trip to this beautiful country. On this visit we decided to travel to some lesser known areas, and one of our favorites was Puglia (or Apulia). It was there that we met our friend Andrea De Carlo. He is a fellow foodie […]

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Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A simple, easy recipe for gluten-free banana bread that is both moist and healthy! No butter -- just coconut oil and yoghurt, along with Oaxacan chocolate.

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Hanoi’s unusual eats | About Hanoi and around

Hanoi’s unusual eats | About Hanoi and around


Rough Guides

In addition to the traditional favourite street food such as bun cha and pho, it’s not uncommon to find dishes featuring goat, dog, rat, snake and porcupine...

A look at Hanoi breakfast

by streetfood @ Hanoi street food tours|customized food tasting & culture tours

There’s no surprise when “pho”, one of the world’s most famous dishes, is chosen for the very first meal of a day of many Hanoian. Apart from dinner which is considered as a daily occasion for family gathering, breakfast is also of importance to Hanoi people. This can be seen easily when walking around streets ...

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New England Style Seafood Chowder

by Jen @ Venturists

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Having grown up in Maine, I often crave a creamy bowl of chowder. We Mainers have entire festivals devoted to finding the best recipe. Some prefer a thin broth, and others are so thick that you can pile up a chunky bite full on your spoon. Some recipes call for bacon which adds a subtle smoky […]

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Authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

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  This Chicken Paprikash Recipe is a staple dish in Hungary. Make sure to use the freshest Hungarian Sweet Paprika you can find in order to get the full authentic flavor of this dish. One taste and you’ll understand why this is a favorite dish in Hungary – classic comfort food at it’s finest! Chicken […]

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Street Food Vs Fine Dining - HOTTABLE

Street Food Vs Fine Dining - HOTTABLE


HOTTABLE

Whether you want cheap and quick street food to fill you up, or a five course fine dining extravaganza, Vietnam has it all.

How to Plan for the Yee (Yi) Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

After experiencing Yee Peng in 2017, I wanted to write an article describing the ins and outs of the festival, something that could answer important questions about the event in a single post. If you're looking to attend the 2018 Yee Peng Festival, then I hope you find this guide useful.

5 Finnish Delicacies You Must Try If You Visit Finland

by Sean @ Venturists

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Ok, we’ve never been to Finland, but we know many people who have and rave about the country, the people, and the amazing outdoor activities. We don’t, however, usually hear too much about the food of Finland. So, when Evan Kristine offered to give us a primer on her favorite foods of the region, we happily […]

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10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - Hanoi Free Local Tours

Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - Hanoi Free Local Tours


Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Street Food Tour is a tour organised by Hanoi Local Free Tours to help tourists get the best local experience during their trip in Hanoi. Book a Hanoi Street Food Tour, tourists will have a chance to explore best food stops that only local knows, share local tips with our enthusiastic student guides.

Exploring the Caves of Barac

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We discovered the Caves of Barać while visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. We arrived later in the day than originally planned during an overnight trip from Split. The caves and the national park are an easy three hour drive from Split and we should have gotten there about mid-morning. Word to the wise, […]

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How to Change Your Life With Coffee Enemas

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  Do you believe me when I tell you, that putting coffee up your butt just might change your life? Well, at the very least, I can tell you, that it changed mine. Not to say that the thought didn’t horrify me once upon a time.     Frankly I probably would have never even […]

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Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite


Justgola

Exploring a unique food background of one of the biggest cities in Viet nam is always an indispensable treat for most tourists. This Top 10 Must try food in Hanoi will give you an overview of What to eat in Ha Noi.

IBiero: A Craft Beer with a Vietnamese Twist

by Peter Cowan @ HOTTABLE

Hanoi’s IBiero Craft Beer Station is one of the latest additions to the capital’s craft beer scene, and with a forward think focus on local drinkers, the future is bright.

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The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Travelers often ask us for recommendations for the best family-friendly holiday in Asia. We’re firm believers that Asia is great for family trips, but we know it’s difficult figuring out what the best destinations are in this vast region for your specific family needs. To help you plan the most amazing family trip in Asia,

Read The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia on Backyard Travel.

The 17 Best Road to Hana Stops on the Hawaiian Island of Maui

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Map your route with these best Road to Hana stops in Maui. A tour of the famous Hawaiian Hana Highway will take you through the curvy road along the northeastern shore where mile markers will guide you to waterfalls, a bamboo forest and black beaches.

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Sydney’s Set To Score A Pop-Up Island Hotel Complete With Latin Eats

Sydney’s Set To Score A Pop-Up Island Hotel Complete With Latin Eats

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Sydney + Summer = sleeping on an island in the harbour, amirite? Thought so. In your latest edition of ‘that’s so Sydney’ news, a pop-up hub of food, dranks and boutique accommodation is setting up home on the harbour and our filters are ready.

Cockatoo Island will host Contained on Bolt Wharf, where you and your crew can laze about, stuffing yourself silly with latin eats courtesy of chef Don Tapa. The food here is even created with fresh produce from Urban Farm, so it’s a big delicious tick from us, and it will only set you back $60 per person for their set shared menu. 

Seeing as you’re on an island, you’ll need a cocktail, and they’ve got those too with gin by Archie Rose Distillery along with beer and wine (you’ve fired up the group chat already, haven’t you?).

Now for the accommodation; Contained is bringing a luxe, adults-only boutique hotel to sit alongside the restaurant, so you can kick back on the water’s edge. Expect a repurposed shipping container, with all the comforts you’d expect—queen bed, air con (praise be) and even a container plunge pool. 

The Details

What: Contained Cockatoo Island Where: Bolt Whard, Cockatoo Island When: Launching Thursday 8 February, open Wed-Thurs 11am – 9pm, Fri-Sat 11am – 10pm Cost: Varies, to book head here 

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Japanese Culture & Tradition Facts: 11 Etiquette Tips Before You Go

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Japanese culture and traditions are incredibly unique, making it a dream destination for a lot of travelers. That said, the fact is that Japan can be an intimidating country for first-time visitors. Here's a few etiquette tips that will make you feel more comfortable.

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The Best Places To Propose In Sydney

The Best Places To Propose In Sydney

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

From super casual to super fancy, your proposal doesn’t have to be stressful (save that for the actual wedding). We’ve got all kinds of memorable proposals that will knock the god damn socks off your bride or groom to be, so just make sure you take 1000+ snaps, bring plenty of champagne, rose petals and the ring—do not forget the ring.

Horse Riding in Centennial Parklands

What better way to announce your complete and utter love for somebody while on top of a majestic steed, in one of Sydney’s most beautiful parks. No matter your skill level, you can hire a horsey and gallop (more like trot very slowly) around the park. Our hot tip: hit up the horses in the arvo so you can watch the sun set over Sydney city (romantic or what?). 

Wendy’s Secret Garden

Pack a picnic, some vino and (the engagement ring) and get on down to Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay. The public garden is owned by Wendy Whiteley, Brett Whiteley’s wife, who has transformed this space into an immaculately, curated lush AF garden, with harbour and bridge views. The garden is honestly so damn beautiful you’ll 100% definitely be able to get the perfect, engagement snap (for Instagram obvs). 

Blue Sky Helicopters

If popping the question on top of the world sounds like the extreme length you’re willing to go to for your lover, a trip with Blue Sky Helicopters is the perfect place to do so. You can choose a 30-minute flight, a city to surf flight, a fly and dine package, or a totally necessary 7-hour Hunter Valley heli-tour. While getting down on one knee might be a tad difficult in a helicopter, the panoramic areal views of Sydney will not disappoint.

Italian Speed Boat

Soooo proposing on an Italian speed boat kind of sounds freaking amazing. Impress your babe on Sydney harbour watching the sunrise or set (or just shine), while digging into a picnic basket and sippin’ on champagne. The Italian speed boat option is a mix of fun, thrill and romance—the ultimate proposal combo.

Pier One

Pier One is the closest pier to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so you can imagine the view along it. You can plan the ultimate proposal at Pier One with breathtaking accommodation, two luxe restaurants and private dining and drinking options available. Organise rose petals, French cheese and some wine, all under the Harbour Bridge and BAM your proposal is already going to trump all your other married friends.

Hunter Valley

You can find the ultimate proposal spot in any of the vineyards and wineries in the Hunter Valley. If you’re partner loves a bit of the ol’ cheese and wine (we mean, who doesn’t), popping a kneel in a row of vines would be the cutest proposal ever, like it’s a yes from us obvs. 

Bubble Tent

Don’t be confused, because a bubble tent is exactly how you imagine it—a huge, clear tent with a bed and bathroom in the shape of a freaking bubble, overlooking rural NSW. You’ll need to book this one in advance because it’s unsurprisingly super popular. Wake up with your fiancé in a secluded 1000 acre property, overlooking a legit unbeatable country view (probably about as romantic as it can get). 

Kayaking Beach Picnic

Fool your babe into thinking you’re simply going on a kayak around Manly Wharf, only to kayak to a secluded and hella romantic beach about 30 minutes away. When you arrive at the shore, a picnic set up with rose petals, chocolate and champagne will be waiting for you. Bring on the antipasto boards and seafood platters, followed by an oh-so-adorable “will you marry me?” message in the sand. Yes please!  

Lunar Park Ferris Wheel

Asking the big question overlooking Sydney harbour in your own private Ferris Wheel carriage is bound to have your partner saying yes before you’ve even finished your sentence. Night or day, you’ll get city views and plenty of time on the Ferris Wheel to convince your partner on why they should spend eternity with you (no pressure or anything).

Blu Bar Shangri-La

You can totally understand why proposing at Shangri-La’s Blu Bar on the 36th level is a mighty fine idea. Let’s just reiterate that you’ll be 36 stories above errrything. Sip on cocktails overlooking Sydney harbour, and pose that daunting question you’ve been sweating over for the past few hours.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Face your fears and get into that sexy blue and grey bridge climbing one piece, it’s time to propose, people. While you can’t exactly bring your own ring onto the bridge itself, you can use their engagement ring device which is still equally as romantic, as you propose at the summit of the bridge, overlooking the Sydney skyline.

Sokyo

If your soon to be fiancé is a bit of a Japanese foodie fanatic (we all know one), heading to Sokyo and proposing after a Wagyu flank steak, sea scallops and fresh sashimi will not disappoint. Sokyo dishes up some of Sydney’s best and finest Japanese food with an impressive cocktail bar too—and being in The Star, you can easily pre-book one of the luxe rooms for the night to pop some champagne and also just endure your food coma together.

Sydney Observatory

You’re not alone if you’ve driven past the Sydney Observatory many a times, but never actually checked it out. Now’s your chance to plan a casual stroll through Sydney’s most iconic hillsides, just when your partner is admiring the harbour view, you sneakily whip out the ring, a rose and a passionate kiss. See, peeps? Easy as pie.  

Sydney Harbour Cruise

Hire out a super boujee boat with outdoor lounges to make your day or night oh-so-magical. Many of the boats are BYO with options for food and other drinks too, all while you sit back in the sunshine with your soon to be fiancé. Cue 10,000+ photos. 

Lane Cove National Park

Calling all nature loving folk. A proposal can never go wrong in the Lane Cove National Park, surrounded by water, trees, birds and bush. Take a peaceful walk and picnic, or give canoeing a go. Either way—the national park is your ideal casual yet romantic proposal hot-spot.

Feeling pretty damn single right now? We got you.

Image credit: Natalia Horinkova | Blu Bar 36

Reasons to Visit One of Europe’s Smallest Countries – San Marino

by Jen @ Venturists

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San Marino is the third smallest country of Europe. And that’s not the only distinction – the tiny country is perched on the Apennine mountain range and is completely surrounded on all sides by Italy. They have maintained this precarious position since 301 AD, earning themselves the bragging rights as being one of the world’s oldest independent constitutional republics. […]

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How to Appreciate Durian Taste in Southeast Asia

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Tet Vietnam

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

The festival is the best epitomizes Vietnam’s cultural identity Meaning of Vietnamese New Year The festival which best epitomizes Vietnam’s cultural identity is Vietnamese New Year or Tet. “Tet” is the phonetic deformation of “Tiet”, a Sino Vietnamese term which means “Joint of a bamboo stern” and in a wider sense, the “beginning of a [...]

Why You Should Learn German in the City | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

This post is in partnership with the Speakeasy Berlin. I received complimentary lessons in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own. German is tough to learn. After one month of living in Berlin, I was still fumbling through the most basic interactions. I spent time with more international people than Germans, and the Germans I did know switched to flawless English the minute they saw me sweat. My accent was complete scheiße. Without grammar, I was nervous to speak. I’d managed to learn a few phrases on accident, but if I wasn’t ordering beer or catching a train, my German was next to useless. Even still, it seems learning German in Berlin is going to be a lot harder than learning Spanish in Ecuador. I realized if I ever hoped to tackle this feisty, lawless, not-so-romantic language, I was going to need German classes in Berlin, and lots of them. Thinking about learning German in Berlin? Here’s everything you need to know about learning German with Speakeasy Berlin. Where to Learn German Abroad Are you moving to Germany to learn German OR learning German because you moved to Germany? If your focus is on studying German, you should make […]

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Unique day trips from Jakarta that will refresh your mind

by Fransisca Angela @ I Like Local Blog

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While there are a lot of interesting things to do and historical places to see in Jakarta (I’ll save these for another post), as a local who lives here, I often like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a more laid-back environment. In this post I’ll share my recommendations of day […]

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Best pizzas of New York City

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’m throwing out this bold statement: New York had the best pizza in the world. By the time I left New York, all my clothes were feeling much much tighter. Poor Ray and Carmela, they felt the weight gain too, and it’s probably mostly because of me. All I wanted to eat was pizza. Pizza is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. I love a good pie. But I’m super picky about it, so it’s hard for me to find...



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The Art of Assisted Serendipity

by Daniel Noll @ Uncornered Market

By Daniel Noll

And yet the arc of a career is not entirely random or shaped in the end by factors beyond our comprehension or control. I have felt my whole life that I’ve been on a course and being guided, even though I didn’t know by what. — Steven Pressfield in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t […]

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How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

3 weeks in New York by the numbers

by Anna @ slightly astray

Despite the fact that I grew up in the States (with several years of it on the East Coast – did you know I lived in Pittsburgh as a kid?), I’ve never been to NYC. I know… I can’t believe it! It’s such an iconic city and everyone raves about how amazing it is, so it’s been high on my list of dream destinations. So when Ray and Carmela invited me to visit, how can I pass that up?! Technically, I stayed...



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Bacon and Egg Spaghetti

by Jen @ Venturists

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Bacon and Egg Spaghetti is a twist on the classic Italian dish, Spaghetti all Carbonara. I use standard strips of bacon (rather than pancetta bacon) and partially cook the eggs in order to add texture. The result is a rich, creamy pasta dish along with savory smoky bacon. The dish comes together very quickly, which […]

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Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Street Food Tour in Hanoi


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Taking a street food tour in Hanoi was something I had looked forward to for years, after jealously drooling over a friend’s foodporn from Vietnam. Well, I finally made it and was ready to ea…

Hanoi street food tour

Hanoi street food tour


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There are definitely one's that you should not venture into, but with this Food on Foot Tour

An Epic Outdoor Swimming Pool Is Opening At Green Square

An Epic Outdoor Swimming Pool Is Opening At Green Square

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, there’s a lot of redevelopment happening in Sydney at the moment. Let’s take a moment to quietly reflect on all those journeys down George Street in the last couple of years. 

Luckily, we can bring you some seriously epic news, that won’t put you out in the meantime (we know, that’s not the typical Sydney way). 

Green Square is copping a really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking pool and all of your inner west dreams are coming true. It’s been inspired by some of Sydney’s fave ocean pools except now you won’t have to battle the ‘locals’ at North Bondi to cool off. 

Plus, there’ll also be an indoor leisure pool, a heated hydrotherapy pool, 25m heated indoor program pool and a 50m heated outdoor pool set sitting inside the ocean-style pool. Word on the street is that this is the largest pool complex built since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. 

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is set to open in 2020 so you’ve got a bit of a wait on this one but if you want even more details, head here. Watch this space. 

In the meantime, do one of these waterside runs.

Image credit: City of Sydney

Sydney, You Can Now Stuff Yourself Silly On Cheesy Lasagne Nuggets

Sydney, You Can Now Stuff Yourself Silly On Cheesy Lasagne Nuggets

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Unbutton those pants and settle in team. Lasagne nuggets officially exist in our fine (and now significantly more delicious) city—this is most definitely not a drill. And we’ll just back that news up with the fact that they’ll be available at Milky Lane’s second and long-awaited outpost in Cronulla. Yep, Shire peeps, you now have crazy ridic foodie creations in your hood.

They’re everything you’re picturing and twice as delicious, with literal cubes of cheese-filled lasagne battered, crumbed and deep fried to golden perfection. Oh, and the fun doesn’t stop there. These legends then throw on a slice of American-style cheese, melt that baby in the oven, then serve them up with a side of pesto mayo and napolitana sauce. Because cheese + dips = you living your best life. 

Milky Lane will officially launch on Monday 12 February (with a more chill soft opening this weekend) at 20 Gerrale Street, Cronulla. So you’ll want to clear your cal for next week and try errrything else they’re serving up. Hint: it involves dipping a cheeseburger into cheese. 

On another note, here is a foolproof recipe for goon punch

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Everything You Should Be Binge Watching This Month

Everything You Should Be Binge Watching This Month

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re currently knee deep in awards seasons, but while everyone’s going mental for the latest film to hit the big screen, there’s plenty to watch on the small screen from the comfort of your couch as well. And the best part is, nobody is judging your snack choices at home.

February is going to be hot, so why bother sweating it out at the beach? Work your way back into that couch groove and get watching.

Here’s everything worth streaming this February.

Stan

UnREAL

Season 3

UnREAL is switching it up this season with a Bacheloret…….’Suitress’, so who knows what scandal will unfold.

Ash VS Evil Dead

Season 3

Bruce Campbell is back as he takes on the Evil Dead. Get ready for the usual amount of blood and guts here.

Reign

Season 3

What on earth is Mary Queen Of Scots up to this season? Keep an eye out for when she goes head to head with Queen Elizabeth.

Everything else worth catching:

Will & Grace Taxi Driver RuPaul's Drag Race | Season 3 Inside Llewyn Davis

Netflix

Altered Carbon

Season 1

Based on a novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is about a prisoner who’s consciousness is brought back after laying dormant for 250 years to solve a murder. Some sharp looking sci-fi.

Seven Seconds

Season 1

Follows the story of the hit-and-run of a black teenager by a police offer and the following cover-up.

Ugly Delicious

Season 1

Momofuku owner—and noted Australian burger hater—David Chang travels the world eating weird and wonderful dishes.

Black Lightning

Season 1

A school principal leaves his life behind to return to a life of fighting crime in New Orleans. Interesting?

Coach Snoop

Season 1

Follows Snoop Dogg as he coaches a team of teenagers in the Snoop Youth Football League.

Other shows worth catching:

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction | Part 2 Everything Sucks! | Season 1 Damnation | Season 1 Queer Eye | Season 1 Riverdale | Season 2 The Joel McHale Show | Season 1

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Fast food nation

Fast food nation


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Dugald Jellie relishes the tastes and aromas of Hanoi, from simple street food to splendid La Grande Bouffe moments.

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Becoming Certified Gelato Experts at the Gelato University

by Sean @ Venturists

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Gelato is synonymous with Italy. While some Italian food dishes are very regional, you’ll find gelato shops throughout all of Italy. On a sunny afternoon in any Italian city, I challenge you NOT to find someone walking along, eating a few scoops out of a cone or cup. And, you’ll be drawn into shops by […]

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PSA: A Night Market Is Headed To The Sydney Fish Market

PSA: A Night Market Is Headed To The Sydney Fish Market

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

This Friday, Sydney is about to get something she’s never had before—a night market at the Sydney Fish Market.

Happening for (ICYMI) the first time ever, the folks over at the Sydney Fish Market will swing open their doors into the night to celebrate Lunar New Year. You can expect all the eats, and lobster, along with dessert.

The fun starts at 4pm and there will be lion dancers, ‘nuff said.

The details

What: Chinese New Year Night Market Where: Sydney Fish Market When: Friday 16 February 4pm – 10pm Cost: Entry is free

Head here for all the Best Feasts Happening This Chinese New Year In Sydney.

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Ultimate Guacamole Dip

by Jen @ Venturists

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The first time I had guacamole, I really wasn’t a big fan. That is probably because the dip was either store bought or made in a blender so the consistency was runny. Then I had my first guacamole made table side at a restaurant and the whole flavor was completely different. The dip was thick […]

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Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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El Nido: Because Everybody’s Doing It

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

What’s that you say? I was in the Philippines last year? That’s true. But since it’s been one of my fave places so far, I felt like I needed to wrap it up properly. And everybody visits the island of Palawan when they go to the Philippines… El Nido is the shockingly beautiful, shockingly fun spot in the Philippines that backpackers flock to. Of course, like everywhere in the Philippines, it ain’t THAT easy to get to. From Cebu it’s a short flight to Puerto Princesa, a bit of haggling for a 5 or 6 hour sweaty van ride (though they promise “It’s 4 hours only!”), and you’re there! After spending a little too much time in other island destinations like Boracay and Malapascua, I didn’t have many of my 30 days in the ‘Peens left for anywhere else except El Nido and Coron. If I could do it again (and I MIGHT!) I’d try to hit up Port Barton. It’s a little paradise-like place on Palawan that folks say resembles El Nido ten years ago. El Nido isn’t much upon first glance. It’s a dusty, colorful, slightly rundown beach town. Okay, so it was dark when I finally got […]

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Ten Minute Film School E30: Blythe Danner, Matthew Lillard, et al on Halfway There

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Ten Minute Film School E30: Blythe Danner, Matthew Lillard, et al on Halfway There

Chimichurri Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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We discovered chimichurri sauce when traveling in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This herbaceous sauce, which features parsley, cilantro and oregano, is is most frequently used as a flavor enhancer for grilled meats. You won’t get a famous grilled steak in Argentina without a dish of chimichurri sauce along side it. However, this versatile sauce isn’t just […]

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Hip YunLin in Taiwan is a must visit for any solo female traveler

by Cynthia Lin @ I Like Local Blog

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Yunlin is one of my favorite getaway places in Taiwan, as this was where I spent most of my childhood with my loving grannies. The place has changed a lot since I last visited it a couple of years ago. A city once considered the most underdeveloped area is now becoming a trendy hotspot and […]

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The Best Top 10 Tips For An Awesome Fishing Trip

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By Rebecca: Are you planning for another good time? Want to know more about how to enjoy your much-needed R and R? Do you need to find out more about fishing trips and how to enjoy them? Allow me to help you with that! A fishing trip is a great experience! I was lucky to have such a supportive family; …

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Day Trips in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Xcaret

by Sean @ Venturists

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You can’t visit Mexico’s Riviera Maya without hearing about Xcaret. You’ll see the eco-archaeological park advertised in flyers, on billboards, and particularly, on the whimsical and colorful park transport buses. Advertisements told tales of underground rivers, a Vegas-style cultural show, relaxing beaches, water sports and animal exhibits – all in one huge tropical jungle environment. […]

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Eat your heart out: A 48h foodie dream in Hanoi, Vietnam

Eat your heart out: A 48h foodie dream in Hanoi, Vietnam


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“The best way to know a city is to eat it” - especially if you're short of time.

How to Make a Bucket List: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Great One

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Don’t wait for that “perfect time” to make your bucket list, create it not because you are dying but because you want to live! With these easy how-to steps, you'll be living the your dream in no time!

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These Geniuses Invented A Nutella Slurpee—And We’re So Here For It!

These Geniuses Invented A Nutella Slurpee—And We’re So Here For It!

by Jessica Pridmore @ The A List | The Urban List

In case some of life’s key milestones (read: completely unimportant but nevertheless celebrated in dramatic fashion) have a habit of passing you by, we’re here to remind you that World Nutella Day is just around the corner. (Literally, it’s next Monday people!)

And, while those among us who do not share the same obsession for the famous hazelnut spread will give precisely zero fucks about February 5, the rest of us will be eating tubs of Nutella with a spoon (the 3kg, just so we’re clear) spreading it on toast, shoving it in sandwiches, while sipping on goddam Nutella Slurpees! Where has this been all our lives??

Created by Nutella-obsessed team at Tella Balls Dessert Bar, this is a mashup for the ages. Crushed ice, vanilla gelato and lashings of Nutella spread all whizzed up, creating a frothy, decadent, ice cold beverage. And yeah, we’re really, really in to it.

The Nutella Slurpee will be available for a limited time only. People, you know what to do…

The Details

What: Nutella Slurpee Where: Tella Balls Dessert Bar, Gold Coast and Sydney locations When: From Monday February 5

Not in to Nutella (shame on you!)? Australia's best burgers ought to sort you out.

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The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Oaxaca is full of great street eats, including this delightful philosophizing taco vendor who makes tacos de cabeza (cow head tacos).

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A review of our “Foodie” tour by a renown New York Chef

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2010.  Mr. Tolentino, a street food fanatic, decided to take part in our “Foodie” tour on August 6th, 2011.  He was kind enough to send his review of “The Lunch Lady” and…

The Mona Lisa Of The Middle Ages Is Showing In Sydney

The Mona Lisa Of The Middle Ages Is Showing In Sydney

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, February is the month you up your culture game. Just when we thought our iCal was filled with enough epic arts events, the Art Gallery of NSW has gone and done it again.

French national treasure, The Lady and the Unicorn, is considered in the art world to be the ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’, and it’s headed to Sydney this month. Direct from the Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris, you can save yourself the plane ticket and see this masterpiece IRL down under for the first time ever.

Expect six large scale tapestries, circa 1500, depicting a fantastical world with a lady (obvs), unicorn (yeah, yeah), lions, and thousands of flowers. The works represent the senses, and our soul’s desires, and you might even recognise them from the walls of Gryffindor house. See, you’re totally all over this art game. 

The details:

What: The Lady and the Unicorn Where: Art Gallery of NSW When: 10 Feb – 24 Jun Cost: Varies, purchase your ticket here

Image credit: The Art Gallery Of New South Wales  

How to Eat (and Cook) Like a Local in Rome

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

It’s not enough to know WHERE and WHAT to eat when you travel. You also need to learn a little about the HOW of it. Following the local food customs can significantly reduce friction between visitors and locals while increasing the overall enjoyment of your stay. When it comes to food and drink, every culture has […]

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The Best Markets To Visit In Sydney This February

The Best Markets To Visit In Sydney This February

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

TBH the best part about markets is they can be as cheap as you make them, literally costing you zilch to stroll through and enjoy the bustling vibes. The other side of the coin is rocking up to the markets with a wad of cash and spending big on clothing, chutney and candles that you probably would never find again, being oh-so #handmade.

Either way, we love em’. We’ve scoured Sydney for the best night, produce and lifestyle markets and we’re (almost) 110% sure you’ll be able to score a steal.

Here are the best markets to visit in Sydney this February.  

Night Markets

When late night shopping and eating collide.

PADDY'S NIGHT FOOD MARKET

Paddy’s Night Market has jumped on the food truck bandwagon and brought some of your faves along for the ride (get it—ride). Expect cheesy knafeh desserts served by the bearded bakers at Knafeh Bakery, crispy fried chicken burgers from the legends at Dirty Bird and big fat American Burgers from ex-St Leonards locals, Chef’s Kitchen, among others.

Where: Austin Avenue, Flemington When: Every Saturday, 6.30pm — 10.30pm

CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET

Muse over local designers and dig your teeth into some damn delicious Chinese street food at the Chinatown Night Markets. This tasty precinct is really getting its hustle and bustle on and is an epic (not to mention drool worthy) way to celebrate those TGIF feels.

Where: Chinatown, Haymarket When: Every Friday night, 4pm—11pm

EASTWOOD NIGHT MARKETS

Happening every single Saturday, the Eastwood Night Markets dish up a huge number of food and drink stalls, kids activities and fashion stalls to boot. Bring the family for some seriously good eats and vibes, before rolling home (you know it’s true).

Where: Eastwood When: Every Saturday night, 4pm-11pm  

Produce Market

Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.

SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET

Hold onto your kale, vegan friends, there’s a new market in town and it’s got your animal-loving names allllllll over it. In case you weren’t already spoilt enough living in such a vegan-friendly city like Sydney, a monthly market launched in November and it’ll be wall-to-wall cruelty-free goodies errry month. Where: Portuguese Community Club, Marrickville When: Third Sunday of every month, 9am-4pm

KINGS CROSS ORGANIC MARKET

All the locals know that kicking it in Kings Cross every Saturday is a no brainer. From local bakeries, restaurants and (obviously) cafes coming to the party, this one is about to become your new weekly must.

Where: Macleay Street, Potts Point When: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm, from 13 January 2018.

PYRMONT GROWERS’ MARKET

The Pyrmont Growers Market is sprouting back into action. We’re so grateful because we’re kind of (ok, seriously) in love with their top quality food straight from the field and farm.

Where: Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 7.30am—12pm.

DOUBLE BAY ORGANIC MARKET

Drop by the Double Bay Organic Market to stock your pantry this month. This classic little market in the park has organic produce, crafts, plants, flowers and eco products.

Where: Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay When: Every Thursday, 9am—12pm from 13 January 2018.

CARRIAGEWORKS FARMERS’ MARKETS

When a market is an award-winning market, you go to that market, period. Many NSW and ACT farmers bring in fresh, seasonal and homemade produce they grow, rear and make. It’s too good to miss.

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street When: Every Saturday, 8am—1pm

MARRICKVILLE ORGANIC MARKET

These markets have a pretty good record for churning out the largest amount of fruit and veg in Australia. This means you can load up on your vitamins and antioxidants with ease. Who says we’re not (trying to be) healthy?

Where: Addison Road Centre, Marrickville When: Every Sunday, 8am—3pm.

PALM BEACH MARKET

Fresh produce, homewares, ceramics, fashion and jewellery—sounds simple, but we guarantee you’ll be walking home with an empty wallet after these markets. Where: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach When: Fourth Sunday of the month, 9am—3pm

CASTLE HILL FARMERS & FINE FOOD MARKETS

If you’re from The Hills district, there’s a good chance you’ve checked out these farmers’ markets before. There are over 80 stalls (yep) with just about everything your fridge needs:, cheese, cakes, honey, jams, fish, duck, veggies and gluten-free goodies. Go all out, obviously.

Where: Castle Hill Showground When: Second and fourth Saturday of the Month,8am - 12pm

CAMDEN FRESH PRODUCE MARKETS

Hit up the Camden Produce Markets for eats set against the picturesque backdrop of the Macarthur Region. You’ll score everything from locally grown fruit, veg and flowers, to meat, eggs, artisan products and homemade baked goods. Is there anything better? The short answer is no, there’s not.

Where: Camden Town Farm, 40 Exeter Street When: Every Saturday, 7am—12pm

PARRAMATTA FARMERS’ MARKET

These markets are artisan AF. Coconut Coffee with coconut oil extract, fresh sugar cane juice from Juice Mia and even goose eggs arranged on request from Totally Free Range. Gozleme King is also known to pump out a seriously good gozleme (you’re welcome).

Where: Centenary Square Parramatta When: Every Friday 8.30am—2:30pm

MOORE PARK FOODIES AND FARMERS MARKET

Stock up on your locally sourced fruit and veggies for the week AND indulge in a delicious market lunch, all with two free hours of parking at the Moore Park markets.

Where: EQ Showring, Moore Park When: Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am-2pm

FRENCHS FOREST ORGANIC MARKET

For all things organic on the Northern Beaches, make the Frenchs Forest markets your go-to. Fill your bags with locally sourced fruit and veg, as well as a bunch of gluten free goodies, organic beauty products and cute AF plants.

Where: 5 Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest When: Every Sunday

THE BREWERY YARD MARKETS

Inner city markets are a thing (finally) and these markets not only offer an epic array of NSW produce, you’ll find florals, fashion and food too!

Where: Central Park Green, Chippendale When: First & third Sunday of the month,10am - 4pm  

Lifestyle Markets

The places to get presents for your mates, family, dog and kind of work buddies… oh and presents for you too!

Rock n Roll & Alternative Market

A huge selection of records, Rock ‘n’ Roll vintage fashion, jewellery, cult DVDs, posters and collectables are all up for grabs at this badass market. 

Where: Manning Bar, University of Sydney When: Sunday 25 February,10:30am till 5:30pm

Hardtofind Market

It’s back baby, it’s back. The Hardtofind Market returns to Sydney acting as your one-stop shop for super unique gifts (that will make you everyone’s favourite gift giver, guaranteed). With live music and food stalls too, the Hardtofind Market is one to mark in your diary. 

Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park When: Sunday 25 February,10am till 4pm

Sydney Props Garage Sale

Sydney Props are having their annual garage sale this February selling loads of old stock at super reasonable prices. Pick up some items for yourself or for your business, you’ll never know what deals you’re missing if you don’t go!  

Where: Sydney Props Warehouse, Marrickville When: Thursday 15 February – Saturday 17 February,8:30am till 5pm

RANDWICK ARTISAN MARKETS

Don’t let the weather get in the way of your market-browsing plans. This indoor artisan market is filled with plenty of handmade goodies to brighten any day.

Where: Royal Randwick Shopping Centre When: Sunday 4 February, 10am-4pm

TGM EAST LINDFIELD MARKETS

This family-run market celebrates and encourages community connection on the North side, so come along for the best coffee and live music around, along with a bit of shopping (obvs).  

Where: East Lindfield Community Hall, East Lindfield When: Third Sunday of the month, 10am-2pm

ROZELLE COLLECTORS’ MARKET

The Rozelle Collectors’ Market is a biggie for every small find you could hope for. Think second-hand bric-a-bracs, collectables, fashion and antiques.

Where: Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am—3pm

BALMAIN MARKET

These markets are the stomping ground for all things homemade. Here is where you’ll find those little gems that will have everyone asking where on earth you scored such a find, and you get to reply with a smug smile on your face, “Balmain Markets”.

Where: St Andrews Congregational Church When: Every Saturday, 9am—3pm

GLEBE MARKETS

If gourmet food, live music and basking on the lawn after some serious retail therapy sounds like your thing, then the Glebe Market is your jam.

Where: Glebe Public School When: Every Saturday,10am—4pm

THE GROUNDS MARKETS

Bakers, creators and all of the clever little makers assemble each week at the markets at The Grounds of Alexandria, so head here to stock up for the week and pick yourself up something pretty while you're there.

Where: The Grounds of Alexandria When: Every Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 3.30pm

BONDI MARKETS

Seaside shopping anyone? The Bondi Markets host the ultimate lazy market atmosphere with bits and bobs so good it’s like raiding your Mum’s wardrobe.

Where: Bondi Beach Public School When: Every Sunday, 10am—5pm January.

PADDINGTON MARKETS

Home creatives, this market plays host to local fashion designers, craftspeople, jewellery makers and artists with many products exclusive to this retail haven.

Where: Paddington Public School, 395 Oxford Street When: Every Sunday,10am—4pm

THE MAKERS MARKET LANE COVE

Nestled in the centre of Lane Cove comes the Makers Market, complete with hand-made everything and a whole lot of market spirit.

Where: Lane Cove Plaza When: Third Sunday of the month, 9am—3pm

KIRRIBILLI ART, DESIGN & FASHION MARKET

With a title like that, you just know that these markets are bursting at the seams with, well, pretty much everything. With 100 vintage fashion stores as well as the art, designs and ceramics, there is plenty to see and way more to buy. Walk over the Harbour Bridge for that guilty pleasure thrill of being a tourist again, and you’ll land smack bang into this hub. You’re welcome.

Where: Alfred Street and Burton Street, Milsons Point When: Second Sunday of the month,9am3pm

KIRRIBILLI GENERAL MARKET

New businesses, second-hand fashion, homewares, collectables and antiques all for affordable prices live here. As the name suggests, this market has a bit of everything and we guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed.

Where: Alfred Street and Burton Street, Milsons Point When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 8.30am-3pm

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Playa Del Carmen Cooking School

by Jen @ Venturists

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We love to take cooking classes whenever we travel to a new place. It’s a great way to get to know a destination as food, history and culture are all tightly bound together. Plus, cooking the food after the class brings back wonderful memories of the places that we’ve been. So when we decided to Playa del Carmen, […]

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Hanoi’s Weather

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

  DOES VIETNAM HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST CORRUPTION RATINGS IN THE WORLD? Ahhhhh …  Let’s Talk about the Weather   🙂 To best understand Hanoi’s weather, it’s important to consider the interplay of HEAT, RAIN, and the amount of  SUNSHINE each month. (NOTE FOR EXAMPLE: Little rain in Hanoi in January through April, but [...]

What Your Favourite Summer Drink Says About You

What Your Favourite Summer Drink Says About You

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

As Ghandi once said, Friday knockoffs are the window to the soul. It’s the perfect opportunity to size up a potential date or m8, because you can tell a lot about a person from what bev they choose to wrap their lips around in the warmer months. Something flat? Something bubbly? Something brewed? Something aged? Are they living at home? Do they have a successful career? Would they be comfortable sharing a bowl of beer battered chips? Have they done a murder? We can answer all of these important questions and more.

Don’t believe us? Read on.

Rosé In A Can

When people ask you what three things you’d take to a desert island, you’re the kind of person who says ‘a speedboat, a life jacket and a mobile phone’. You floss twice a day, you stay on the line to answer short customer support surveys and you take coffees back when they’re not made with skim milk. If your dog needed surgery, you’d take a day to first way up if the return on investment was worth it and you once sent a video of a cop car driving through a pedestrian crossing on your street to the Federal Police.

Aperol Spritz

You got back from your gahp yaah four years ago and everyone hates you now because you still can’t sit through dinner without bringing up all the huts you built and ‘theoretical’ lives you saved in 2014. You once took someone else’s dog home from the supermarket because you thought it was yours and you have ‘Not all those who wonder are lost’ tattooed on your collarbone and your friends are too scared to tell you it’s spelt wrong.

Frosé

In Grade 3 you had the biggest Beanie Kids collection at your school, you once got a lifetime ban from Club Penguin for excessive swearing and you got your belly button pierced at sixteen after seeing Britney Spears’ music video ‘Lucky’. When you’re not calling Telstra to contest phone bills you definitely deserve, you’re either Googling ‘how to get abs in two weeks’ or vehemently defending Taylor Swift on Instagram.

Espresso Martini

You’ve been to court over rental bond disputes on more than three occasions, you once won $300 on Deal or No Deal and you insist on calling your parents by their first names in social situations. When you’re not at home watching Charmed and eating hummus and carrots, you’re misspelling your favourite beverage as ‘expresso martini’ in your Insta-story every Saturday night.

Craft Beer

You can’t tell the difference between a lager and a pale ale, but you once ordered a cappuccino at a Maccas drive-thru and you’re still getting shit for it from your friends. Behind closed doors you enjoy reading tennis players’ autobiographies, playing internet poker and doing ‘girls pushups’ in front of the hallway mirror while your mum’s at the supermarket. Technically your family doesn’t know you dropped out of uni in 2013, but you’re hedging your bets on it being a funny anecdote you’ll bring up at Christmas in fifteen years.

Frozen Margarita

Recently you entered into a new relationship but you’re considering ending it because you miss getting messages from strangers on Tinder. When you go on your annual week-long holiday to the Whitsundays with ‘the girls’, you leave your ragdoll Theresa six cans of cat food in a mixing bowl. Your biggest crime to date is regularly scanning avocados through as white seedless grapes at the Woolies self-checkout. You still haven’t realised that they’re triple the price per kilo.

A Shoey

You’ve had Mi Goreng and a piece of toast for dinner every night for the last four years. Two years ago you were on Today Tonight because you swapped all the welcome mats in your street. You currently hold the Asia-Pacific record for the most cans of Fanta drunk in one hour, you’ve had the chicken pox three times and technically you never received your pen license.

Maybe kombucha is more your thing? Here are some kombucha cocktails worth trying.

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7 Iconic Foods That Will Make You Want to Be a New Yorker

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

You haven’t fully explored New York City until you’ve toured its unique multi-cultural cuisine. Every borough offers up its own gastronomic delights. And just when you think you’ve seen and tasted it all, a new food obsession explodes onto the scene. That’s what makes the Big Apple’s cuisine so exciting! But for every hot new trend, […]

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Wanderlust Wednesday: 5 Must-Try Dishes Hanoi, Vietnam | Root + Revel

Wanderlust Wednesday: 5 Must-Try Dishes Hanoi, Vietnam | Root + Revel


Root + Revel

Wanderlust Wednesday explores the top five must-try dishes in Hanoi, Vietnam with restaurant recommendations, food tours and delicious tips!

The 5 best multi-country holidays in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Asia is without doubt one of the best regions of the world for an exciting multi-country holiday. With so many countries relatively close together, it seems almost like a wasted opportunity to see only one. The problem is – as always – which countries should you see? As Asia experts, we have years of experience

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Red Enchilada Chile Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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If you love Mexican food then having a good red enchilada sauce is essential. This versatile sauce is used not only to make classic enchiladas, but can also be modified to use with fish, as part of a base for slow cooked dishes such as Barbacoa Beef, or in one of our favorite brunch dishes […]

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25 Fun and Interesting Facts about Borneo that will inspire you to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Borneo. You probably know it for its rainforests, orangutans and world-class scuba diving. But there’s a lot more to this lush tropical island. Did you know that its jungles provide a rich habitat for rare creatures? It’s also home to the world’s largest (and most pungent) flower, its richest monarch and the highest peak in

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Have Your Own Super Bowl: Host a Cookbook Club Pho Party!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Meet Kristin. She’s sitting in front of four (4!) bowls of homemade pho. How did she manage to score that kind of jackpot? She and her husband Eric, along with a group of friends, have a private cookbook club. “Most of us went to college together so it’s a great way to stay connected,” she...

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Your Boy Kevin Hart Is Bringing His Stand-Up Show To Australia

Your Boy Kevin Hart Is Bringing His Stand-Up Show To Australia

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

All ‘round funny guy, Kevin Hart is coming to Australia and you know this is exactly the type of LOLs you need in your life. He’ll be heading here in December so there’s a bit of wait until you can laugh your arse off at this one, but hey, we all need something to look forward to, right? 

There’s not a lot to go on with this one, so all we can really say is that he’s coming and you should definitely be going. I mean, have you seen Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle? We thought so. Tickets will be on sale 23 February, 12pm local time and you can book here

The Details

What: The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour When: December 2018, check here for dates in your city.   Where: Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Auckland Cost: $99.90 – $149.90

More interested in what's in store for you this week? Read your horoscopes here

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Cruising on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Prior to my most recent trip to Myanmar, I had never been on a cruise; nor did I have a desire to ever cruise.  Reluctantly, I agreed to travel to Myanmar on a tour that includes a 3-day cruise along the Irrawaddy River between Bagan to Mandalay.  Although I had no intention to ever cruise, I’m sure glad I did. …

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Sriracha Pimento Cheese Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Many people from the American South are familiar with pimento cheese but I didn’t try it until 2013. It was so fun and addictively good to eat that I been making it ever since. The cheese was properly cut into small dice so you could taste its flavor. I’ve made it from a recipe in...

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October & November 2017 travel re-cap: back in the U.S.A.

by Anna @ slightly astray

At the beginning of October, I said bye to my family in Beijing and flew back to Los Angeles. It had been exactly two years since I’ve set foot on home soil, so I was feeling equal parts nervous and excited. What would it be like? Would I feel at home or would I feel like an outsider who no longer belonged? Would I pick up with my friends or would I be like a stranger now? I said bye...



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Best things to do in Bali: experience it the local way!

by Elena Ferranto @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

There is certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Bali, but how do you make sure you leave this culturally rich island with the feeling that you truly saw it rather than being just another tourist doing touristy things? While being one of the top travel destinations and seeing millions visitors a year, Bali […]

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September 2017 travel re-cap: family time in China

by Anna @ slightly astray

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but October has seriously been a whirlwind so far. And now I can’t believe it’s already the end of the month. So let’s hurry and re-cap September! August 25 – September 12: Shanghai, China September started on the happiest note with a trip to the new Shanghai Disneyland with my cousin!! September 1 is the first day of school in China. And so it’s also the first day of reduced Disneyland ticket prices....



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Georgian Chicken Cooked in Milk and Garlic – Shkmeruli

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Shkmeruli (chicken cooked in milk and garlic sauce) was one of our very favorite dishes when we traveled to the country of Georgia. It has very few ingredients, but after tasting it, it is very clear that it doesn’t need more. The rich flavor of crispy roasted chicken paired with the creamy garlic sauce is […]

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Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad

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I’m a huge fan of yellow curry and am always looking for new ways to use it. I also appreciate something that I can make ahead and that has the flavors to impress. And if it’s easy to make and doesn’t use a long list of ingredients, then it ends up in the favorite recipe […]

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Cochinita Pibil – Yucatan Slow Cooked Pork

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Cochinita pibil, also known as puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote, is a traditional slow cooked pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. While it is available in many restaurants, the best cochinita is often found in small street stands throughout Yucatan cities. Due to the long cooking time of the dish, stands will […]

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16 of the World’s Most Colorful Places

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

Let’s face it. We like colorful things. We are attracted to them the same way children scream for brightly colored candy at the grocery store. Maybe without the screaming. This is why food color like red #5 and yellow #6 exists and is perhaps giving us cancer. It’s just biology…or something.  Our eyes are drawn to bright pretty things and colorful places are no exception. I’ve been a lucky lady and have recently traveled to many places that resembled a candyland.  Consider me your color crack dealer as I take you to the world’s most colorful places. 1.  Portugal I had a hard time narrowing it down to only one city so I’m going to just give Portugal one big shout out as a collectively colorful country. Lisbon, Porto and Sintra are 3 places that should be on your color radar. Your “color-dar”, if you will. Tee-hee. Porto Lisbon Sintra Like most super cool castles, this one was built by a crazy king and for one am happy that he let his freak flag fly. I mean, who decides to make a red, yellow and pastel blue castle if they’re not slightly nuts eccentric? Portugal also happens to be a place that has been underrated in Europe for years. It is less expensive than much of western Europe and enjoys warm weather for more months. The secret is getting out, so go sooner rather than later! Read More:  5 Days in Portugal #2  Burano, Italy I know anyone with an Instagram account has seen a picture of this place and maybe drooled slightly. This island is a photographer’s paradise. In fact, there is little else to do here. There is one commercial street with restaurants, cafes and cute tourist shops, but mostly people simply walk around and gawk.  It is a nice escape half-day trip from Venice. I recommend going as early as possible to beat the crowds of googly-eyed tourists entranced by the rainbow of color (I was one of them btw). Note of caution…stand a few feet in front of people’s homes if you can. People do live here, although it’s easy to believe this kaleidoscope of a place was built just for our enjoyment! #3  Valparaiso, Chile Ok.  This place. Wow! I have never been as impressed by street art. It is EVERYWHERE. The city is a big free museum. Located on the coast less than 2 hours from Santiago, this is a must-see for anyone visiting Chile who loves art, color and fun happy vibes! Happily overdosing on art and color over here. Better than the things I usually overdose on…chocolate, wine, Netflix, Justin Trudeau pics. Oops there I go over-sharing again. Btw…watch my stories for adorable penguins in Patagonia! My posts are a few days behind as usual but stories always new! A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Nov 15, 2017 at 4:44am PST   Read More: Street Art in Valparaiso, Chile #4  Marrakech, Morocco Morocco seems to be having a resurgence in popularity. Instead of the 1970’s hippie trail, now there is the “Instagram Trail”. Photographers can’t get enough of the mosaic tiles, colorful markets and exotic flavor. Not to mention, Marrakech is known as the “Rose City” with much of the old city painted this soft pink color. Who can resist that? I barely know what any of this stuff is, but it was pretty and I definitely bought some. One of these crystal looking things may have been for my sinuses. They are really good salespeople! This type of tile is called zellij. The geometric shapes with Arabic calligraphy is a type of Islamic art and used commonly in Moroccan architecture. It is mind-numbingly intricate and spectacular. The photo below is from Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. Read More: Guide to Marrakech #5 Colmar, France I hardly believe this is a real place, even when I look at my own photos! I felt the same way in person as I roamed around looking at the quaint pastel half-timbered houses with a dopey smile on my face. Colmar is in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France on the border of Germany. The whole region is simply adorable and you find yourself waiting for Belle, Gaston, the seven dwarfs, or any number of fairytale characters to stroll by. Read More:  Walk Through a Fairytale in Strasbourg and Colmar #6  Guatape, Colombia I haven’t yet been to Colombia, but it is one of the top places on my bucket list for many reasons including places like this. This Andean resort town is close to Medellin.  I had placed Colombia on my top places to go in 2017 in a collaborative post with other bloggers.  Give it a read if you haven’t yet! Travel Inspiration: Places to Visit in 2017   #7  Cinque Terre, Italy Another very popular destination, Cinque Terre will fulfill many colorful fantasies. It’s more than just a pretty face. There is excellent hiking here and really good food. Despite becoming alarmingly crowded, they’ve managed to not let the food quality go down like some touristy places (I’m looking at you Venice!). The villages look like glittering gems in the sea. Cinque Terre is technically 5 different villages and some would include nearby Portovenere as the 6th village.  Portovenere (pictured below) is a great day trip and can be reached by ferry or hiking. It happens to be way less crowded here as well. This is the village of Riomaggiore. It’s almost like a 5-year-old girl was allowed to design this entire village with every shade of pink that she could imagine. Read More:  Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre #8  Sighisoara, Romania I haven’t yet written about Romania, but I plan to soon because it truly surprised me and I absolutely loved it. I was expecting a more run down, old communist Eastern European feel (just being honest), but instead, I got charming pastel villages galore! Score: Romania 1  Cherene -3 This was only one of many cute towns that I visited. Sibiu and Brasov deserve a mention as well. #9  Miami, Florida I couldn’t possibly write about colorful places without mentioning my home of 15 years, Miami! From the art deco district to the design district, there is plenty of color to go around.  You can’t throw a stone on Instagram without hitting a picture of the Wynwood art district. I remember when Wynwood was a place you only visited with a police escort and a prayer. Things have certainly changed! Read More:  Local’s Guide To Miami #10  Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen is a fun city full of character. And bikes. Tons of bikes. The canals are lined with colorful homes, particularly in the famous Nyhaven area pictured below. Interestingly, Denmark is high on the list of happiest places. I guess color is good for the soul? I could hang here all day! Someone needs to invent a floating bar!🤗🍸 A post shared by Cherene (@wanderingredheadcher) on Aug 20, 2016 at 9:23am PDT #11  Wroclaw, Poland I am really sad that I haven’t yet visited Poland because I hear nothing but good things about it. Just look at this place! So grand and stately, yet colorful AF! That’s hard to pull off if you’re not a drag queen. Well played Wroclaw! #12  Rovinj, Croatia I definitely left my heart in this perfect little seaside town in the Istria region of Croatia, and you can see why. Beyond the beautiful exterior is a heart of gold. The people are just as charming as the buildings. I came here to decompress after a particularly crazy Italy visit and I almost didn’t leave. It was refreshingly relaxing with clear warm Adriatic waters to swim in and yummy Croatian wine to drink as you roam the pastel cobblestoned streets of the old city stopping in cute stores to sample truffled this and lavender that. #13 Bali, Indonesia This is one colorful little island. Where else can you see a rainbow of umbrellas and bean bags on the beach, bright fringy umbrellas in the streets, pretty floral offerings to the gods on the ground and brightly colored fabrics adorning the Hindu statues? Read More:  20 Photos of My Best Things to do in Bali #14 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm is pretty, elegant and one of those places you feel you need more time to visit because each island has its own character to discover. The Gamla Stan area is perhaps the most historic and colorful as well as most popular with tourists. It is like a pedestrian-friendly outdoor museum with winding cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings. This is Stockholm’s oldest square, Stortorget. It is the historic heart of Stockholm and located in the old town of Gamla Stan. #15  Salvador, Brazil Ah, Brazil. Home of some of the most joyous people I’ve ever seen. Brazil is a delightful mix of African, European and Latin American culture and in some cities, the buildings are as colorful as its people. Salvador da Bahia, is one of those cities. Once the capital of Portugal’s famed new world colony, it is now the Afro-Brazilian heart of the country. The descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage here better than anywhere else in the world. #16  Hoi An, Vietnam Hoi An is on Vietnam’s central coast. The architecture reflects its interesting melting-pot history and is a mix of eras and styles with wooden Chinese shophouses and temples, as well as French colonial buildings and ornate Vietnamese tube houses. One of the most famous sites is the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda. It’s easy to see why this charming town is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I personally was delighted by all the colorful silk lanterns adorning all the streets. Hope you could handle all that color! What are some of the world’s most colorful places that I missed? Where else do I need to go to get my color fix? Tell me in the comments! Pin It!    

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PSA: Sydney’s Massive Sunflower Field Is Officially In Bloom

PSA: Sydney’s Massive Sunflower Field Is Officially In Bloom

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

There are a few things we consider big news here at The Urban List. You know the drill: rooftop bars, cocktails, insane burgers and, oh yeah, big, huge fields of Sunflowers that you need to run through (and take a million photos of) right now. You know it’s been on your Insta bucket list for, well, probably five minutes, and you owe it to yourself to live out that dream. 

You can find this literal sunflower heaven at Liverpool Plains. For some background, late last year we heard truly devastating news that the sunflowers wouldn’t be making an appearance this year. But it’s time to get excited, because they’ve replanted the crop (!) and they’re officially in bloom. We can hear your dreams coming true from here. 

Finding your way to the actual fields is a bit of a (very worthwhile) mission, so we recommend that you head to their website for all the detailed, well, details on how to find this spot. 

Please, please, please remember that the sunflower crops are on a working farm and (believe it or not) weren’t planted purely to up our Insta-game. So be respectful, ask permission to enter and hit up the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre before embarking on your way-too-beautiful adventure. 

Here are some OTT burgers, if you're feeling hungry right now.

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Yardbird – modern izakaya restaurant in Hong Kong

by admin - ma @ Asia Bars & Restaurants

Popular neighbourhood yakitori restaurant & bar relocates to larger space in Sheung Wan February 12th, 2018   Yardbird, Hong Kong’s beloved modern izakaya restaurant has moved ...

About 2017: Life According to Instagram

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

2017 started in South America. Dodging fireworks beneath the giant church in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, to be more specific. If you asked me what the year ahead was going to look like, I don’t think I could have told you. I didn’t know where I’d be in three days, much less, where I’d be at the same time next year. But isn’t it funny how, ready or not, next year always seems to come. I don’t share too much about my personal life on Travel Outlandish because I don’t consider myself to be “that kind of blogger”. But, what the hell. In case you were curious, 2017 was a big one. It was a year of some significant losses. It was also the year that I trekked in Patagonia on my own, the year that I finally learned Spanish, the year that some major relationships evolved, the year that this blog took off, and the year that I moved to Berlin. I’d be lying if I said it was all painless, but it wasn’t all bad either. It was a year full of monumental, messy, hard-to-handle lessons that will [hopefully] make 2018 that much better. So, from Peru to Germany, […]

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How To Plan The Perfect Bachelor And Bachelorette Party

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By John Homan           Visiting Las Vegas for a bachelor or bachelorette party is a time-honored tradition many young people choose to take part in. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Las Vegas has so many activities, foods, and excitement to offer. So, what does it take to plan the perfect bachelor …

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Stellenbosch Wine Farm Itineraries

by Sean @ Venturists

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The Stellenbosch region of South Africa’s southern cape is a unique place that is best savored slowly.  The stunning valley is surrounded by towering mountain peaks with views to the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second oldest settlement on the cape, after Cape Town itself, with the original town of Stellenbosch founded in 1679. Here you […]

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48 Hours of Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

48 Hours of Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


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During the 45 minute or so cab ride from the airport to downtown Hanoi, I contemplated what the city might be like. I knew very little about Vietnam or what to expect from Hanoi other than what I had concocted in my head after obsessively watching Anthony Bourdain's travels unfold on Netflix. As I g

Villa Lante di Bagnaia, Viterbo Province Italy

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Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Italy’s Viterbo province, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds to get a peek at Italy’s most visited attractions, a […]

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Where to Eat in and Drink at the the Best Turku Restaurants

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Wondering where to eat and drink when you visit Southwest Finland? Start with these top Turku restaurants and then go to the Finnish Archipelago for more great food.  Turku Finland is a city that takes its food seriously.  From super fresh salmon at the city’s historic market to chef-driven dishes at the best Turku restaurants, the food in Turku impressed us with every bite during our recent visit. This shouldn’t be a shock since Turku, Finland’s oldest city and original capital, was named a European Capital of Culture in 2011. As ...

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10 Surprising Facts You Need to Know About Food in Portugal

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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What’s the Deal with Kombucha?

by Julia Solervicens @ HOTTABLE

If that mouth-watering description hasn’t convinced you yet, many have hailed it to be the ultimate health brew.

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Oscar-Nominated Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Dead at 48

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Oscar-Nominated Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Dead at 48

If You’re Going To Eat Tide Pods, At Least Eat Edible Ones

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

The Tide Pod Challenge is somehow still alive and well. We provided cute and colorful alternative bite-sized snacks, but to no avail. That pretty much seals the deal: the urge to eat Tide Pods must be so strong that not even being industrial-strength detergent can quell the cravings of the soap-addicted masses. Trick your favorite pod-zombie into believing it’s the real […]

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PSA: Vegan Camembert Exists And No, We’re Not Kidding

PSA: Vegan Camembert Exists And No, We’re Not Kidding

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

What is the number one thing people say when you tell them you’re vegan? Say it with me team: ohhhh, I could never give up cheese. Well, guys, now you don’t have to give up cheese because a couple of geniuses have gone and invented camembert that looks exactly like, well, camembert. 

We know vegan cheese isn’t really a new thing, but vegan cheese that’s genuinely good? Now that’s something worth talking about. It looks like this bad boy is only available in France but we still see this as a sign that the tides are a-changin’ and it’s really only a matter of time until this beauty is available in Australia. Right? Not only does Les Petits Veganne sell camembert (although, that’s clearly what we’re most amped for), they also boast an entire range complete with blue cheese, turmeric cheese, and a fresh garlic cheese too. 

What are you still doing here? You have a cheese board to make (and a flight to book). 

Meanwhile, these Japanese foot-long fries just landed as well. 

Image credit: Jez Timms

A Blind Bakery Worker Tells His Story

by Catherine @ HOTTABLE

We speak with Tran Quoc Hoan, a delightfully chatty customer service officer at Donkey Bakery and one of its longest service team members.

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Sydney’s About To Score A Great Gatsby Mansion Party

Sydney’s About To Score A Great Gatsby Mansion Party

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

If the thought of jumping aboard the Titanic got you a little hot under the collar last year, you’re about to reach a whole new level of heat. You can now join the Great Gatsby and we’re gutted Leo won’t be there too (or will he?*). 

Just like the movie, this will be a next-level mansion party and that means you, all your mates and a bunch of actors (because #authentic) will be living large pool-side, for one epic night. Details are pretty slim at this stage, so we suggest you re-watch the movie and assume it’ll be exactly like that, but better. 

For more details and to register for pre-sale, head here

*He absolutely won’t be there. 

Meanwhile, a new all-you-can-eat dumpling feast is coming. 

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The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Market Moves: NYC’s Food Scene Gets Big News

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

New York’s food scene has no signs of stopping. It was announced yesterday that tech-giant Google is buying its New York neighbor, Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion. While no plans have been drawn up, The New York Times reports that this addition to Google’s real estate makes New York’s presence similar to that of the company’s […]

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Two Months in Portugal: My Summer in Review, Part 2

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

I didn’t plan to spend most of my summer in Portugal. I didn’t plan to stay for nearly two months. But I did… and it was phenomenal. Ever just KNOW you’ll love a place before you get there? That’s how I felt about Portugal. Beautiful, affordable, sunny, great wine, amazing beaches? Sign me up. Last year I spent a month in Spain – I know, poor me – and I kept hearing how every backpacker moving through Seville was heading to the Portuguese beach town of Lagos. And I was sad. Because I was going to France instead. (Okay, okay, I ended up spending a great couple of days in the Loire Valley and a week getting silly with my friends in Paris, so it was an overall win. I’m not complaining.) So when I convinced my family to spend their summer vacay in Portugal, that gave me an excuse to finally make my way back to this much anticipated Euro-destination. Via Thailand, of course. Nothin’ like that Auckland > Gold Coast > Kuala Lumpur > Bangkok > London > Madrid > Porto flight path. (Yeah, holy carbon footprint, I should plant some trees this year!) First Stop: Porto Pushed out of Thailand because of that 30-day visa […]

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Hotel Life: COMO Hotels in Ubud, Bali

Hotel Life: COMO Hotels in Ubud, Bali

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Ubud, Bali is such a magical place. And as such, it’s a must on any Bali itinerary. I visited Ubud the very first time I was in Bali in July 2016 as one of my last Southeast Asian destinations before returning home from my year as an expat in Vietnam. When I had the opportunity to go back to explore Bali on a work trip, I jumped at the chance and was thrilled I’d be returning. Since it is a such a popular Balinese destination for travelers, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of hotels to choose from. I have my favorites after my visit – of course every client is different, so one person may love hotel A, while another client loves hotel B. While I can count a handful of Ubud hotels I love for clients, two of my favorite hotels are the COMO […]

A New Weekly All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Feast Is Coming

A New Weekly All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Feast Is Coming

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’ve been a little lost since a certain Manly restaurant wrapped up their weekly dumpling feasts, listen up. Because Happy D’s is picking up the baton and hosting a weekly dumpling extravaganza of their own, and you need to be there. 

The fact that this place is known for combining two of our favourite loves—dumplings and beer—is only a huge bonus. We’ll make this real simple for you; you’ll head here, order the dumpling feast for you and your entire crew then happily fork out the extra dosh for a couple of cheeky schooners of Asahi. Sounds like a damn good plan, no?

We’ll meet you there. Every. Week.

The Details

What: Weekly All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Feast When: Weekly, starting Saturday 17 February, 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm - Close Where: Happy D’s, Redfern Cost: $30 (food only)

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We Just Found Sydney’s Most Expensive Margarita

We Just Found Sydney’s Most Expensive Margarita

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Calling all budget ballers, it’s time to break the bank and we promise it’ll be worth it. We just found Sydney’s most expensive margarita and we know you’re just extra enough to order a round for your mates. 

Named the Patrón Millionaire Margarita, this beauty will set you back a chill $100 and like we said, you’re just extra enough to care. 

Available exclusively at Neil Perry’s brand new tequila bar, aptly named Bar Patrón, this 90-seat Mexican restaurant will be selling a whole lot more than margaritas. Expect all of your old faithfuls like seared tuna tostadas, enchiladas and mole chicken, plus Mexican-style sandwiches (because ‘Straya). 

Now, back to that margarita. It’ll be served up table-side in a glass, with a sugar and salt dusted rim, filled with a Platinum Patrón marg and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

But before you run out of the house with your life savings in tow, this one isn’t opening until 8 March (let’s just call it bonus saving time) and we’ll meet you at the bar. 

These are the other delish margaritas in Sydney, FYI.

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Private Island Paradise in Belize

Private Island Paradise in Belize

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself on a private island paradise in Belize. The Central American country had been on my travel list for years since I’m a certified scuba diver – did you know that the second largest barrier reef in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) is just off the coast of Belize? My company (I’m a travel advisor!) was lucky enough to receive an invite for 3 nights on Royal Belize Private Island…I’m still in disbelief that I got to go! Royal Belize is a private island buyout which means that only one party can use it at a time, whether it’s one couple (hello unbelizeable honeymoon!) or a multi-generational family or group of friends. The island can easily accommodate 10 adults and varies when kids are thrown into the mix. There are various ways to get to the island depending […]

Visit These Top Pagodas in Myanmar (Burma)

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Growing up as a small child in Thailand, I routinely visited Thai Buddhist Temples wherever my family and I went.  This tradition remains with me to this day. Whenever and wherever I travel to a place that practices Buddhism, I make an effort to explore the spiritual sanctuaries of the area. Myanmar is one of the most devout Buddhist countries …

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How to See King Penguins in Chile

by csaradar @ WanderingRedHead

I recently made a spur of the moment trip to Chile when I found myself with some unexpected free time. One of my best friends had just moved to Santiago so of course I had to visit!  She had to work a few days while I was there and while looking for things to do I made the crazy decision to fly down to Patagonia and see some penguins. When Penguins are an option, you always should take it, in my humble opinion.  Here’s how you can see penguins in Chile, specifically, the king penguins of Tierra Del Fuego. Are you excited? I will include some informative and hopefully interesting facts here, but mostly this is about adorable penguin pictures. I hope that’s ok with you! Read More:  Street Art in Valparaiso Chile Basics Tierra Del Fuego is an island in the south of Chile and Argentina, part of the Patagonia region. The two countries share this island almost 50/50. Language Spanish Currency Chilean Peso (100 USD is 60,000 Pesos).  Be aware that 60,000 pesos will often be written like this:  CLP $60.000 How to Get There Flying to Punta Arenas is the quickest way. It is a 3 hour and 25 minute trip and the cost ranges from $250 to $300. It is possible to drive if you have oodles of time and want to explore the country by car. Punta Arenas (the “starting point” for penguin trips) is 3000 km from Santiago. This would take several days by car. I did a tour that started from Punta Arenas. This is a full day tour from 0730 to 2100. It is possible to do on your own if you have a car. You have to drive from Punta Arenas to Tres Puntas where you will take the ferry across the Magellan Straits to the island of Tierra Del Fuego. Once there you will drive about 2 hours to get to the Parque de Pinguino Rey (Park of the King Penguins). *** This tour does not go on Mondays*** This is the exact tour I did with a company called Denomades. The tour costs 55,000 Pesos which is $91 USD. Not included is lunch, entry ticket to park (CLP$ 12.000) nor entry ticket to the museum (CLP$ 1.000), which must be paid in cash.  I found them easy to work with and they picked me up at my hostel. Tierra Del Fuego Full Day King Penguin Tour. The Tour Like most tours, you will end up making lots of stops to break up the day and some of these will not be that interesting. What I liked about this tour was that it was a relatively small group and there were lots of opportunities to eat and buy snacks (something I find important!).  I didn’t like that it returned much later than stated and some of the break stops were way too long. If you don’t have time to have a good breakfast before leaving, don’t worry because you can buy food and coffee on the ferry. Here is the route: After hotel pickup early in the morning, there is an hour drive to the terminal in Tres Puentes where you take the  2 hours 15-minute ferry ride to Tierra Del Fuego island. The arrival point is Chilota Bay and from there they drive you to Porvenir, where there is lunch at a restaurant and a visit to the Fernando Cordero Ruesque Museum. Porvenir is a sleepy cute little seaside town. Here you learn about the indigenous people, the Tehuelche, who once lived in Patagonia. They were here long before the Portuguese explorer Magellan who “discovered” these lands. Fun Fact:  Tierra del Fuego translates to “Land of Fire”.  When Magellan arrived by ship, he noted the native people burning fires around the coast of the island. This is where the odd name comes from. I would have named it Tierra del Frio (Land of Cold) We took a walk around the town and enjoyed some random street art. The Penguins. Finally! After lunch, there is a 110 km drive to get to the Pinguino Rey Park. (If you haven’t learned how to say “King Penguin” by now in Spanish…please learn!)  This is obviously the highlight of the day and you stay here 1 hour. It is the perfect amount of time to see them because longer than that and you may turn into an icicle! When you arrive you have to sign in at the office and pay. They do take credit cards here if you don’t have cash. A park ranger gives you a brief introduction about the park and the penguins. This is a privately owned facility dedicated to conservation and research of the king penguins. It is important to note that you must remain 15 meters (45 feet) away from the penguins. I highly recommend bringing binoculars and a good zoom lens. There are magnifying viewer devices (anyone know what to call those?) to look more closely. They are so sharp that you can actually see the fine fur of the penguins. This shot was taken with 100 mm zoom (and then cropped a bit) This one with 200 mm of zoom and then cropped a lot. I think a 300 mm zoom minimum would be ideal here. This sort of gives you a perspective of the distance. I heard some people grumbling about this but I’m ok with it if that’s what will protect the penguins. The penguins are really fun to watch. They are curious and basically stare at the humans. I was surprised by how loud they were. Their adorable sounds were audible even at a distance. You have to see a video just to appreciate their funny little walks. I thought they had swag, like tiny gangsters. Fun Fact:  King Penguins are the second largest species of penguin, the emperor penguin being the largest. They are around 90 cms(35 inches) in height and they weigh between 11 and 16 kgs (24 – 35 lbs) This grouping was having some beach time. Are you as in love with them as I am? The Journey Back After that, we drove north to visit the Cerro Sombrero camp, where oil was discovered in the area and now the project is run by the United States government, of course. We then had another ferry ride, a short one where we stayed in the van. Driving back to Punta Arenas took us by the Estancia San Gregorio. This is kind of a ghost town (that’s what I call it…it is officially a “monument”). San Gregorio was settled in the late 1800’s by European immigrants from Spain, England and Croatia. The community was mainly industrial but self-sufficient with its own dock and railroad. The sheep production of wool, tallow, meat and leather, was for almost a century the main economic resource of the region. There is a wreck of a 19th-century cargo ship to check out. By the time we got here it was already close to 2100. The sun was just setting and the lighting was beautiful. How to Prepare Bring WARM clothes. Even in “summer” it is really COLD!  Summer is December, January and February. I went in November which was right before the height of the season. It rained part of the day and when the sun came out it was windy as hell! I basically dressed as if I was going skiing. Here are the items that I wore. Ironically most of them were Patagonia brand (not planned I swear!). Waterproof insulated jacket with hood Fleece Base layer Hat Water resistant trekking pants I cannot find a photo other than me in them above. You can purchase them here: Patagonia Women’s Trekking Pants Also you need gloves, a scarf or gator and consider thermal leggings. I did not have thermal leggings but I wished that I did! More Penguins! If you want to see another species of penguins here in Patagonia you can do a half-day tour with the same company to see the Magellanic Penguins on Magdalena Island. I had this booked for the following day but it was canceled because of weather. I literally almost cried because I had flown all the way from Santiago to Patagonia for only 3 days to see lots of penguins and really didn’t have time to do anything else such as visit Torres Del Paine national park. Lesson learned to plan better in the future and have extra days to allow for this nonsense. Seriously, the weather looked perfect to me! Can you tell I’m still peeved? Oh well…I’ll definitely be back because I also want to hike in Torres del Paine! So much to do in Chile. Stay tuned for more posts from my trip to Chile!  Read More: Wine Tasting in the Casablanca Valley Have you ever seen penguins anywhere in the world? Tell me in the comments! Pin it!

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Salad with Fruit, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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I first made this salad when trying to figure out what to do with a fig flavored balsamic vinegar that I received as a gift. Since then it has become a household favorite, even when I only have regular balsamic on hand. The fresh bright flavors make a wonderfully refreshing appetizer or light meal, especially on hot […]

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How Travel Advisors Benefit The Traveler

How Travel Advisors Benefit The Traveler

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

One of the biggest lesson I’ve learned about my job is that people have a common misconception about travel advisors and are unaware of the benefit to working with one to plan their travels. In this day and age, there is a wealth of information on the internet at our fingertips so a lot of people plan their own travels. Which begs the question: “Why pay someone to plan a trip when you can do it on your own?” Believe me, I was asking the same question less than two years ago so when I was looking for a job, the title of “Luxury Travel Advisor” didn’t appeal to me until I started doing my research. Not only did I find that it is an extremely fun and fulfilling career to have, but I also learned that Luxury Travel Advisors benefit the traveler in a number of unknown ways. First-hand […]

How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Japanese Foot-Long Fries Just Landed In Australia

Japanese Foot-Long Fries Just Landed In Australia

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, Japanese food is trending so hard right now. The fact that said trend has delivered gooey cheese tarts, burnt miso ramen, soufflé pancakes and now foot-long fries, makes it one that we want to hang around for a little bit longer. 

Now, back to the foot-long fries that we need in our bellies right now. You can pick these bad boys up at Harajuku Gyoza and they're exactly what you’re picturing, these not-so-little sticks of goodness are created by sending potatoes through a Japanese-imported potato press before being thrown into the fryer. They’re then served with one of their seriously freaking great dipping sauces—think house-made shiitake mushroom and Katsuobushi salt or Japanese mayonnaise. They’re so golden that they kind of look like doughnut fries and honestly, we just need them in our bellies right now. 

And before you ask, yes, these are the same guys that brought Nutella gyoza, the raindrop cake and Japanese soufflé pancakes into our lives. AKA, they’re just legends, alright. 

In other news, this is what your favourite summer drink says about you. 

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The Oysters and Walls of Ston, Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Ston and Mali Stone are two small villages located in the Pelješac peninsula of Croatia, less than 60 kilometers from Dubrovnik. We hadn’t heard of them before we came to Croatia, but that soon changed. When we checked into our Airbnb in Dubrovnik, our host was curious about us. “No one stays two weeks in Dubrovnik,” he told us. […]

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